Survivors speaking out

The Speaking Out program helps survivors of violence against women to find a voice.

You may have seen Speaking Out advocates on programs such as The Project, on your local news or read their stories in your daily newspapers.

Women who have experienced violence are in a unique position to raise awareness about the issue. They are able to identify what needs to change and influence how that change will happen.

The Speaking Out program helps survivors of violence against women to find a voice.

The program enables women who have experienced violence to speak out about their experiences and share their insights. As advocates, their influence educates the Victorian community and its leaders to prevent violence from occurring.

How the program empowers women to speak out

Speaking Out helps women to develop their key messages as advocates.

The program is delivered by Women’s Health East. It teaches advocates how to work with the media and speak in public about what drives violence against women and how we can prevent it.

Participants draw on their own experiences and passions to speak their truth with influence and impact.

An important part of the program is that advocates choose how much they reveal of their own story.

How advocates influence change

Speaking Out influences behaviours of individuals and creates change on a societal level.

Not all women want to address a conference, speak publicly or have their story told in the media. There are many ways that advocates contribute to change.

Speaking Out advocates advise government, politicians, communities and the police about how public institutions can prevent and respond to violence against women. Advocates have been key contributors to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

They influence the re-design of service provider websites so women who are experiencing violence can get the help they need.

Advocates raise awareness of the attitudes and behaviours that drive violence against women in their local communities.

The voices of victim survivors must be heard. With the power of their stories, we can end violence against women for good.