[Community, Suppliers, Shareholders, Systems]
We encourage organisations and institutions to understand the importance of ecosystem responses in the context of a strategic holistic response to domestic, family and sexualised violence.
Organisations have significant influence not just with their employees and customers but also their sector, their suppliers, shareholders, stakeholders and local communities where they operate.
Organisations can choose the standards they require of their suppliers, who they do business with, and how they support local communities. They can choose which stakeholders they engage with and what issues they make a priority.
- Reflect on the Futures Framework
- Follow the Leadership Roadmap
- Implement the Support Menu (Ecosystem Responses)
The Insight Exchange Reflections Kit collates the resources featured in the Foundations and Foundations Applied.
Social, service and systemic responses to domestic, family and sexualised violence are interdependent. These responses have the potential to alleviate or compound the adverse impacts and experiences of victims of violence. The status quo of the ecosystem impacts people in, or engaging with, your organisation/institution. And we are all part of the ecosystem.
Seeing possibilities: Imagine the difference it would make for victims-survivors if all workplaces, businesses, family, friends and specialist and statutory services were informed and ready to respond?
View the Insight Exchange animation ‘Seeing Possibilities’ (6mins)
Why ecosystem responses matter?
People who are perpetrating violence and abuse rely on poor responses from society, services and systems to conceal or excuse their actions and to evade responsibility and consequences. They are more able to extend their use of abuse and control when information and communication about DFSV and support options are opaque, unclear or unsafe to access.
People subjected to violence and abuse rely on multiple parts of a complex information and support ecosystem for their safety and wellbeing. The more disparity there is between different parts of the ecosystem, the tougher and more compromising it is for victim-survivors to access information and to navigate support.
It may be the first, only or last time a victim-survivor of domestic, family and sexualised violence (DFSV) reaches out. Every response matters.
There is no one preference or path for support. Every responder, community and industry matters.
In 2017 Insight Exchange hosted its first Creating Conversations session involving fifty guests from across different sectors to exchange insights about understanding of and responses to violence and abuse. The first three Creating Conversations sessions (2017-2018) featured guest speakers Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Coates from the Centre for Response Based Practice. These sessions were recorded and made digitally available in short videos supported by digital facilitator Gavin Blake. The videos are available on our Creating Conversations landing page and hosted on our Vimeo Channel.
In 2023 Creating Conversations sessions provide opportunity to participate in cross-sector conversations responding to Insight Exchange ideas and resources. Each session invites you to consider how your work (and our collective efforts) respond to people who are silent about, or silenced by, violence and abuse.
- In May 2023 the session involved people working in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Research, Service responses for men who use violence, Clubs, Forensic Medical, Support Service, Community Restorative Work, Australian Human Rights Commission, National Helpline, Arts, Research, Security, Corrective Services, Local Health District, Hotel Industry, Restorative Justice, University Teaching, & Police. Together we explored the resources: Talk, Fear, An Imperfect Letter and Follow My Lead (Workplace Sexual Harassment).
- In October 2023 to build on these insights and conversations, together with new and returning guests we will explore new (incoming) resources.
No Hidden Door - Safety and communication are inextricably linked
Every sector is a possible door to information and support for victim-survivors of domestic, sexualised and family violence. Safety and communication are inextricably linked and victim-survivors rely on the quality of public-facing communication. They rely on websites (and other communication channels/tools) to be informing, affirming and safe to browse. Victim-survivors may only browse the website, yet never contact or use the organisation directly, however we cannot underestimate the immediate and enduring value of communication.
No Hidden Door initiative
Explore the ‘No Hidden Door’ initiative which highlights the importance of auditing the ‘doors’ to information that are currently available to victim-survivors of domestic, family and sexualised violence (DFSV).
Together we can uplift communications across the ecosystem, identifying and closing gaps in our communication. Making sure no 'door' to information and support is hidden, and every 'door' offers a safe, supported discreet experience for victim-survivors of DFSV and their supporting family and friends.
‘No Hidden Door’ hosts industry reports, the No Hidden Door collection and Guidance (website content and functions).
Explore examples of lived experiences of the ecosystem of responses: