Voices of Experience

Voices of Experience are written insights and reflections from people with lived experience of domestic and family violence and other adversities.

The participants are the authors of the written insight, and in some pieces, the Insight Exchange team have inserted content from the Follow My Lead resource as headings to help orientate the reader and to build understanding of the lived experience of violence.

Acknowledgement and thanks:
The Insight Exchange team would like to thank each person with lived experience of Domestic and Family Violence who has generously shared their insights for the benefit of others.

We acknowledge that no matter how accurate the representation of someone's experiences of violence and adversity, we can never fully understand all that the experiences mean to a person now or through their life.  We understand that no one’s life experience can ever be fully represented in language or any other form.

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We listen to voices of lived experience wherever we can.

Our responsibility is to listen. Our opportunity is to learn through listening. Our challenge is to change through that listening - changing ourselves, our work, and our shared world.

Now you have heard us, what will you do? Young people’s experiences of domestic and family violence - Over six months the ACT Children and Young People Commissioner and the Family Safety Hub listened to the voices of 70 young Canberrans, 35 of whom had experienced family violence. This document shares their insights. Read more about the project on the ACT Community Services Safer Families Family Safety Hub.

Breaking Silent Codes - A movement of Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Pacific Island women that gives voice to the ways in which community, religion, authority and family create silences around sexualised assault and family violence. The original forum was sponsored and hosted by UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, Women’s Legal Service NSW and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.

Crossing the Line – An exhibition and report which shares the lived experience of sexual violence among trans women of colour from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia. The project was funded by ANROWs and conducted by researchers based in the Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.

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