Voices of Insight
Voices of Insight are de-identified narratives of people’s lived experience of domestic and family violence and other adversities. The narratives have been developed through the Insight Exchange interview process designed to affirm agency, uphold dignity and support safety.
These narratives aim to provide a more accurate account of what has occurred through highlighting the ways in which a person has resisted and responded to the violence used against them. They explore the context in which the violence has occurred, and how people, services and systems responded to victims of violence and how these responses were helpful, unhelpful or harmful.
- Anika - "I'm not a child anymore, and you don't hold any power over me."
- Lee - 'Wayne turned my head upside down and inside out.'
- Casey - 'We have a choice in life to refuse to be violent. As a proud Wiradjuri man, I make this choice every day.'
- Dorothy - 'The system failed me over and over again, but I have not failed my children... I’ve got this.'
- Joey - 'But just because he was there, I wanted to shed my skin after that night.'
- Jules - 'I don’t want people to necessarily tell me what to do because I am resourceful. Just listen to me.'
- Melinda - 'Violence is like a spider's web.'
- Marion - 'He said to my friend “I don't like you visiting because you make her far too independent.”'
- Janine - ‘I wasn’t going to get away unless I pretended I was gone’
- Laura - ‘I slept with my metal nail file when I realised I was vulnerable.’
- Gemma - 'I didn't want other people to see what was really going on.'
- Zoe - ‘The sexualised violence I experienced as a teen does not define me – I refuse it that.’
- Sam - "'She would have been wriggling in his lap.'"
- Lainie - 'I withdrew from the world to be safe.'
- Angela - 'I had to go along with it and be the good Catholic girl.'
- Ruby - 'He understands the system and how to play it.'
- Bec -'My earliest recollection of violence is from when I was six.'
- Brianna -'"I will go after your family."'
- Maya - '"He's bound to be upset."'
- Melissa - 'His biggest threat was, "I will take the children."'
- Sandra - '"You've got to realise you have duties here."'
- Rose - 'I feel like there's an agenda behind everything he does.'
- Sophie - 'I didn't know what financial abuse was.'
- Sally - '"You're ok... He never hit you."'
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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The Voices of Insight Collection is a series of original artworks inspired by the Insight Exchange Voices of Insight narratives. The initiative is designed to illuminate visual metaphors and symbols used by Insight Exchange participants as part of how they describe their lived experiences of domestic and family violence to inform social, service and systemic responses.
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Lived experience insights | financial abuse
The collection hosts insights based on interviews with people with lived experience of domestic and family violence focused on the financial abuse they experienced. The initiative to conduct the interviews was from an informal pro-bono collaboration by Rosie’s Place, WASH House, and the Mt Druitt Family Violence Team. The narratives were provided by the individuals for the benefit of others.
The interviews were conducted by Rosie’s Place and the narratives were assembled by the Insight Exchange team.
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Acknowledgement and thanks | The Insight Exchange team would like to thank Rosie’s Place for conducting these interviews and providing these transcripts to Insight Exchange to ensure the voices of lived experience are able to help inform and strengthen social, service and systemic responses to domestic and family violence.
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