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What is the safe steps Survivor Advocate Program?

The safe steps Survivor Advocate Program is 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.

How do I become a safe steps Survivor Advocate?

If you are a woman who has experienced family violence and would like to enquire about the safe steps Survivor Advocate Program, please email admin@safesteps.org.au or call (03) 9928 9600.

All Survivor Advocates 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.

Survivor Advocates do not receive payment from safe steps for speaking engagements or other activities. Survivor Advocate Training currently takes place once a year, usually in October.

How do I request for a safe steps Survivor Advocate to speak at an event?

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.

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