A message from VSAC’s chair and deputy chair

VSAC brings together people from all different backgrounds with lived experience of family violence, and gives us a voice in Victoria’s family violence reform programs.

Monday, 10 August 2020 at 11:57 pm

July 2020 marks 4 years since VSAC was created. As chairperson and deputy chair, it is our hope to use VSAC as a platform for recognising the many different lived experiences of our members. We hope to be a united team that is focused on a vision of a future where every single person can live safely and free from all forms of family violence, and that our collective experiences of family violence can be used to bring the voice of victim survivors to reform in Victoria. 

Over the past 4 years, we have seen VSAC consulted about important reform programs, including The Orange Door, the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, the Central Information Point and other key priority areas including:

  • Perpetrator outcomes domain of the Victorian Government Family Violence Outcomes Framework 
  • 2020-23 Rolling Action Plan (RAP)
  • Implementation of key recommendations of the Lived Experience Insights Report

In the future, we would like to continue to see professionals and victim survivors working side by side to create positive outcomes.  

We would like to thank our fellow members for their openness and willingness to share their thoughts and experiences. This generosity in re-visiting traumatic times in their lives helps to put the voice of victim survivors of family violence at the centre of our conversations and helps ensure our government’s response meets the expectations of those with lived experience. 

We also take this time to thank all previous VSAC members. The ground-breaking work of the first council created a path for us to continue to bring the voices and experiences of victim survivors to family violence reform in Victoria.

Ministers Gabrielle Williams and Natalie Hutchins joined past and current members to celebrate the fourth anniversary in July. VSAC member Rebecca shared her reflection of the celebration.

Jennifer Jackson (chairperson)Geraldine Bilston Geraldine Bilston (deputy chairperson)