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

Project length
15 months

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

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

Specifically it will:

  • Examine the role Rosie Batty played in bringing about significant policy reform in Victoria.
  • Explore the limitations and risks involved in engaging victim-survivors in the development of public policy.
  • Define optimal role for victim-survivors in development of policy, and pros and cons of engagement mechanisms.



This research aims to establish a knowledge base regarding the role of victim-survivor advocates in the development of public policy and best practice mechanisms for engagement. Findings will inform the development of a framework for effectively engaging victim-survivors in the development of domestic violence policy.


Project lead

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


Dr 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).

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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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