National Plan Victim-Survivor Advocates Consultation Project

Project Team

Chief Investigators: Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Dr Ellen Reeves, Dr Karen Gelb, Dr Jasmine McGowan, Associate Professor Marie Segrave, Associate Professor Silke Meyer, and Professor JaneMaree Maher.

Project and Engagement Manager:  Kayla Greenstein


Consultation now complete

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) was contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to undertake key elements of the Australian Government’s consultation to inform the next National Plan. The Consultation Team conducted interviews and focus groups during October and November 2021. During this time the team spoke with 80 victim-survivor advocates.

The final victim-survivor advocates consultation report has been delivered to the Department of Social Services. This report will be made publicly available by the Department.


About this project

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (National Plan) is Australia’s overarching strategy to address domestic, family and sexual violence. The Australian Government, with support from state and territory governments, is leading the development of the next National Plan, which will take effect from mid-2022.

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) was contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to undertake key elements of the Australian Government’s consultation to inform the next National Plan, including a dedicated consultation with victim-survivor advocates.

The purpose of this stage of the consultation process was to ensure that victim-survivor advocates were provided a dedicated opportunity to have input into the development, delivery and governance of the next National Plan. The Monash Consultation Team engaged victim-survivor advocates from across Australia through individual and small group interviews over October and November 2021.

The key findings reflect victim-survivor advocates views on the key desired outcomes under the next National Plan, these were grouped into key themes:

  • Embedding lived experience into the governance of the next National Plan,
  • The need for genuine commitment and funding,
  • Key challenges underpinning system responses to family, domestic and sexual violence,
  • Primary prevention and the role of education,
  • Whole of system priorities to be advanced through the next National Plan,
  • System responses requiring reform through the next National Plan, and
  • Measuring success.

Acknowledgements

We are indebted to the victim-survivor advocates who shared their expertise, lived experience and time with us. Without them, this consultation would not have been possible. We are extremely grateful for their time and generosity in trusting members of our consultation team with their experiences. We have learned so much from these advocates and we hope that our Report does justice to the views that were shared with us.

We also thank the organisations, and the group leads that facilitated the opportunity for us to interview already-established groups, and in doing so, provided a forum through which we could reach a larger number of victim-survivor advocates than we would have otherwise.


Related project

The MGFVPC was also contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to undertake the Stakeholder Consultation to inform the next National Plan.

You can read about stage of the consultation to inform the next National Plan here.


More Information

For more information on the consultation process and development of the next National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, visit: https://engage.dss.gov.au/developing-the-next-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children/

The final Victim-Survivor Advocates Consultation Report has been delivered to the Department of Social Services.