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Who is this strategy for?

This strategy is primarily designed as a guiding document to support the Victorian Government to evolve and grow its work with people with a lived experience of family violence.

The lessons for this strategy have been collated by and for Family Safety Victoria. However, the cultural change envisioned in this strategy is broader, and the principles, priorities, guidance and actions can support others within the Victorian Public Service. This is particularly relevant to those within social policy portfolios – in growing pathways and channels for lived experience leadership and engagement.

This strategy may be useful for family violence, sexual assault and associated sector organisations to gain an understanding of the vision, priorities and actions the Victorian Government is taking with this work and how it may compliment and align with their own.

The Victorian Government was the first jurisdiction to formally adopt lived experience of family violence to advise the Minister and government on policy and service design. This strategy details the narrative of this work and may be useful to other governments, jurisdictions, organisations, individuals or people with lived experience seeking to understand, replicate, adapt and learn from these lessons and approaches.

This strategy makes recommendations for the Victorian Government (referred to as ‘government’ throughout the document). This includes ministers, as decision-makers. It also includes departments in their role of designing policy, implementing services and funding service providers.

Reviewed 11 April 2022

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