MEDIA Releases

April 2016

State Budget boost a welcome step for first response family violence service overwhelmed by demand (27 April 2016)
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Vic Gov $572 million Family Violence Funding Boost Will Save Lives: safe steps CEO (13 April 2016)
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March 2016

safe steps Partnering with State Government to Deliver New Online Family Violence Response Register for Victoria (24 March 2016)
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Family Violence Royal Commission Findings a Welcome Step Forward (30 March 2016)
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August 2014

The Time is Now for the Federal Government to Take a Stand (25 August 2014)
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Proposed Reform Bill Will Still Put Women at Risk (20 August 2014)
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July 2014

Shift Focus from Survivors to Perpetrators (30 July 2014)
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June 2014

Second DV Action Plan has Great Intent but the Proof is in the Pudding (27 June 2014)
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Abolishing ‘Defensive Homicide’ Offence Not the Answer (23 June 2014)
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Sexual Assault in Intimate Relationships Rife (20 June 2014)
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May 2014

State-wide Response to Family Violence Service Well Overdue (30 May 2014)
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April 2014

Financial Counselling Key to Tackling Domestic Violence (30 April 2014)
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International Women’s Day Scourge of Family Violence (27 April 2014)
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Domestic Violence Affects Children Too (22 April 2014)
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How Many More Women Have to Die (16 April 2014)
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February 2014

Beware of Dating Violence This Valentine’s Day (11 February 2014)
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VOLUNTEER Advocates

Media-advocate-radio-interview-volunteer-advocatesThe safe steps Volunteer Survivor Advocate Program, empowers women who have experienced family violence to break their silence and have a voice in the prevention of violence against women and children.

Women who have survived family violence are trained and supported on how to use their personal story to change society’s attitudes and beliefs that fuel and enable violence against women.

A key focus is to educate the community and the media to better understand that family violence can happen to anyone, regardless of education, economic status, age, religion, culture or ethnicity.

The advocate training provides context on the underlying causes of violence against women and gives women the skills on how to engage with audiences to influence change through the media, community and on the world stage.

If you have experienced family violence and you would like more information about program and training, please contact the Officer of Community Engagement on (03) 9928 9600 or email hana.c@safesteps.org.au

 

FOR the Media

For all media enquiries please call safe steps on (03) 9928 9600 during normal working hours or email kristine.r@safesteps.org.au 

For out of office hours enquiries, please contact our Communications team.

Kristine Robertson, Marketing, Fundraising and Communications Manager

Phone: (03) 9928 9613
Mobile: 0488 069 802
Email:  kristine.r@safesteps.org.au

ADVOCATING for Social Change

safe steps much more than a service provider. The organisation has a long and proud history of active social change including its flagship media advocate program that has not only provided women with a lived experience of violence a platform for their voice to be heard, but has brought attention to the effects of violence on women and children through wide spread media coverage.

We have made a number of submissions lobbying for change. These include:

  • Submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality (April 2016)
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  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into ‘revenge porn’ (January 2016)
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  • Submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission: Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial Process (November 2015)
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  • Submission to the Victorian Government – Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children (November 2015)
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  • Submission to Family Law Council: Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems (October 2015)
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  • Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia (November 2014)
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