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Annual Report

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence (SAFV) Centre Annual Report 2019-2020 highlights the strength of our work, our achievements and challenges in a unique year, and the impact we have had on our communities in which we support.

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 emerging.

We acknowledge the strength and resilience of all people impacted by sexual assault and women, children and young people impacted by family violence. We remember those who did not survive, and acknowledge friends and family members who have lost loved ones.

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

We value inclusivity, diversity and intersectionality. We work to ensure our services are accessible to people of all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, ages and abilities.

In what has been a truly unique year, Helen Bolton, CEO, reflects on our organisation’s achievements over the past 12 months and highlights the strength and resilience of our staff, our clients and the community in a year of change. Read our CEO report.

Jenny McMahon, Chairperson, reflects on our organisation’s refreshed strategic framework and goals and our ongoing commitment to the prevention of violence in our community. Read our Chairperson report.

Board and Executive Team

The SAFV Centre is guided 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 governance and 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 2019-2020.

Response to a global pandemic

The global pandemic, while disruptive to our usual operations, has provided a unique opportunity to innovate, while remaining connected and engaged with our clients and the community.

2020-2023 Strategic Plan

Our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan guides our goals and shapes the future direction of our organisation as we continue to focus on preventing 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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