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Speaking truth to power:
The role of victims and survivors in driving policy change on gender-based violence

July 2022

With the rise in profile and influence of victims of crime, governments worldwide are working with victims and survivors in the development of public policy and support services.

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach including public policy and criminological theories, this research analyses the role of victims and survivors of gender-based violence in policy development and assesses the pros and cons of various mechanisms being used to engage them.

The research:

  • examines the role Rosie Batty played in bringing about significant policy reform in Victoria
  • explores the limitations and risks involved in engaging victims and survivors in the development of public policy
  • defines the optimal role for victims and survivors in developing policy and the supports needed to ensure marginalised voices are heard.



This research establishes a knowledge base regarding the role of victim and survivor advocates in developing public policy and best practice mechanisms for engagement. Findings provide insights for practitioners regarding the effective engagement of victims and survivors in the development of gender-based violence policy, particularly ensuring often-marginalised voices are heard.




Project lead

PhD Candidate Lisa Wheildon, BehaviourWorks, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University


Associate Professor Asher Flynn

Professor Jacqui True



This project is funded by ANROWS Research Fund to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (Philanthropic – Luke Batty Legacy).

See also


ANROWS research fund

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Victim and or survivor of domestic, family, or sexual violence

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Support directory

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