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What is the safe steps Survivor Advocate Program?

The safe steps Survivor Advocate Program is an ongoing initiative designed to empower women who have a lived experience of family violence to safely and effectively share their personal stories and raise awareness of family violence with a range of community and media audiences.

safe steps Survivor Advocates have previously been invited to appear before parliamentary inquiries, speak at public events and give interviews to print and broadcast news publications. They are also able to speak and share stories of their personal journeys at seminars, workplaces and community events.

Survivor Advocates are from diverse backgrounds and have varied experiences of family violence – through our Survivor Advocates, safe steps seeks to demonstrate that family violence is different for everyone and can happen to anyone.

I am a member of the media and would like to speak to a Survivor Advocate for a story. How do I arrange that?

Please contact the safe steps Marketing, Fundraising and Communications Manager on (03) 9928 9600 or email kristine.r@safesteps.org.au.

I am holding a community or workplace event and would like a Survivor Advocate to speak at it. How do I arrange that?

If you would like to request to have a safe steps Survivor Advocate speak at your organisation or community event, please visit the Educational Speakers page and fill out the Book a Speaker form. Please note, we cannot guarantee a Survivor Advocate will be available to appear at your event.

How do I become a safe steps Survivor Advocate?

To become a safe steps Survivor Advocate you must be…

  • A woman (we use the term woman to include cisgender women, transgender women and all transfeminine-identifying individuals)
  • Aged 18 or over
  • Have a lived experience of family violence
  • No longer in a situation of family violence (ie. you must be separated from the perpetrator and no longer experiencing any violent behaviours such as stalking or harassment)

If you meet those criteria, please download and fill out an Expression of Interest form in Word Doc or PDF and email to admin@safesteps.org.au

All Survivor Advocates are required to take part in a two-day training program where they receive information on the underlying causes of violence against women, and guidance from experts on how to best use their stories to change societal attitudes regarding family violence and violence against women. The next Survivor Advocate Training is scheduled to take place in April 2018.

Survivor Advocates do not receive payment from safe steps for speaking engagements or other activities. If you have any questions about the Survivor Advocate Program, please email admin@safesteps.org.au or call (03) 9928 9600.

Click here to the read the stories of some of our Survivor Advocates.