People with Lived Experience of Family Violence

Resources for Professionals

-The Insight Exchange website hosts a range of videos and resources that focus on:

  • Dignity
  • Resistance to violence
  • Understanding abusive behaviour
  • The role of social responses

-Supporting children with lived experience

Berry Street’s Y-Change team of Lived Experience Consultants and Safe + Equal co-produced a resource guide to help practitioners better support children and young people who are experiencing family violence.

-Watch You Can’t Ask That: Domestic and Family Violence survivors answer ‘Why didn’t you just leave?’

-Watch SHRFV Emma Gierschick Experience of Family Violence


Resources for people with lived experience who are working in the family violence sector

-“What organisational support do practitioners working in the domestic and family violence sector who have lived experience need?”

-National Survey of Workers by UNSW Sydney

-WEAVERS Project at The University of Melbourne

-“Is a clinician’s personal history of domestic violence associated with their clinical care of patients: a cross-sectional study”

-An Australian prevalence study of intimate partner and family violence against health professionals

-The Vic Gov Best Practice Framework for family violence workers


Resources for People with Lived Experience

-My Safety Kit is a reflection resource for any person who at some point may be reflecting on their own relationships and experiences of domestic and family violence.

-My Dignity is for anyone who may be or has experienced sexualised violence and for anyone who may be responding.

-Survivor Stories  A Safe Steps resource


Policy Development & Service Delivery

-The Conversation article “All these people with lived experience are not being heard’: what family violence survivors want policy makers to know

-Since the Royal Commission into Family Violence, people with lived experience have informed and influenced policy development and service design activities across Victoria

-The Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council (VSAC) was created to give people with lived experience of family violence a voice and ensure they are consulted in the family violence reform program.

-The Family Violence Experts by Experience framework aims to enhance the ability of specialist family violence services to provide opportunities for survivor advocates to influence policy development, service planning and practice.