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Annual Report 2021

Welcome to our 2021 Annual Report

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre (The SAFV Centre) Annual Report 2020-2021 highlights the strength of our clients and our work, our achievements and challenges, and the impact we have had on our communities in which we support.

Always was, always will be

It is a privilege to be working on the lands of First Nations Peoples and traditional custodians of the land and waterways across Barwon – the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation; the Gulidjan and Gadubanud people of the Eastern Maar Nation and the Wotjobaluk, Wergaia (Were-guy-ya), Jupagalk, Jaadwa and Jadawadjali people across the Wimmera. We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners and custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.

Diversity and Inclusion

We celebrate inclusivity, diversity and intersectionality. We seek to ensure our services are accessible to all people and understand the complex interface between intersectionality and gender based violence and the impact this has upon the people we support.

Honoring lived experience

We acknowledge the strength, trauma and resilience of all people impacted by sexual assault and women, children and young people impacted by family violence. We remember those whose lives were taken, and acknowledge the trauma of friends and family members who have lost loved ones.

We value the voices and lived experience of those impacted by gender based violence to inform our organisation and services. We acknowledge those who are experiencing sexual assault and family violence today and offer our support.

Our wonderful staff
We acknowledge and share our deep appreciation to each and every staff member throughout this year. It has been a year of change and uncertainty, and their commitment to our clients and our community, each other and our organisation has been phenomenal.


CEO and Chairperson report

Helen Bolton, CEO and Renee Fiolet, Chairperson, share their thoughts on the past year that has brought about significant change, digital transformation, disruption and disconnection, yet through all this, our organisation still thrived. Read more here. 

Board and Executive Team

The SAFV Centre is governed by a dedicated Board who is committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual assault and family violence in our community. Our Board provides strong stewardship for our organisation and the community by upholding our values and setting our strategic direction.  To read more about our Board and Executive, please click here.

Financial statements

Read about our financial performance and our full financial statements for 2020-2021. Read more here.

Ongoing impact of the global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, nor are the flow on effects for those impacted by sexual assault and family violence as a result of the pandemic and restrictions. Read more here.

2020-2024 Strategic Plan

Our 2020-2024 Strategic Plan guides our goals and shapes the future direction of our organisation as we continue to focus on preventing and responding to violence within our community. Click here for a copy of our Strategic Plan.

Primary Prevention

An established gender equity and primary prevention provider across the Barwon area and Wimmera region. Read about our achievements here.

Support and Resources

Providing appropriate and contemporary support and resources in a timely manner to all people who connect with our organisation. Read about our achievements here.


Our services and programs contribute to an organisation wide evidence base that is used for strategic decision-making, service delivery and to influence policy. Read about our achievements here.


We are visible and seen positively by partners, funders and investors and our relationships with them improve outcomes for individuals and communities, and influence systems change. Read about our achievements here.


Ensuring our organisation has transformational capability, and is effective and viable. Read about our achievements here.

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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