Purpose

The Family Violence Experts by Experience Framework aims to enhance the ability of specialist family violence services to provide opportunities for survivor advocates1 to influence policy development, service planning and practice by:

  • Encouraging sharing knowledge and experience gained from services and survivor advocates who have been engaged in collaborative work
  • Providing guidelines around best practice for engaging survivor advocates of family violence in collaborative work
  • Providing resources to support survivor advocates and organisations become ready to engage in collaborative work

This framework complements the Domestic Violence Victoria (2020) Code of Practice: Principles and Standards for Specialist Family Violence Services for Victim-Survivors.

  1. The term survivor advocate has been used to refer to victim survivors of family violence who are engaged in formal co- production activities and mechanisms to influence policy development, service planning and practice.