Women’s Safety Advocate Program
Women’s Safety NSW is often asked by media to speak with survivors of domestic and family violence about their direct experiences in relation to a particular topic.
Women’s Safety NSW is mindful that there are many risks associated with talking to the media from the perspective of a survivor of violence and has traditionally been reluctant to refer media on this basis.
However, survivors themselves have told us they want to speak out, have their voices heard, and be given the opportunity to influence policy and legislative change.
Women’s Safety NSW also knows that this is often what really cuts through to law and policy makers and the broader public- real stories and real people talking about real experiences.
This is why Women’s Safety NSW wants to provide opportunities to women with lived experience of domestic and family violence to access media and advocacy training, professional development, and networking events, as well as news and updates and direct opportunities to feed into policy, practice and law reform.
We want you to have access to the information and support to be empowered to tell your story, safely.
Participate on an opt-in basis
All of this is to be offered on a voluntary basis and at this stage Women’s Safety NSW receives no funding to support the project.
This means, you can opt in to any opportunity as and when you wish.
For your privacy, Women’s Safety NSW follows best practice in terms of following the Australian Privacy Principles as set out in the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth).
Legal advice recommended
Importantly Women’s Safety NSW will not be providing advice to anyone who participates in the program as to the appropriateness of the program for you or any of the individual offerings. Women’s Safety NSW will also not be providing legal advice as to the potential legal or other risks associated in participating in media interviews or public speaking engagements.
Women’s Safety NSW recommends you ensure you have the adequate supports in place and obtain legal advice prior to engaging in any direct media interviews or public speaking engagements.
We are happy to provide you with referral information in this regard.
If you are interested in becoming involved, please get in touch on [email protected]
Please donate to help us provide more opportunities for survivors of domestic and family violence to tell their stories to the media and to policy-makers safely.
Thank you for your interest and support for our Women’s Safety Advocate Program! We look forward to working alongside you to promote safety, justice and wellbeing for ALL women and their children impacted by domestic and family violence.