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Our Year of Impact

We are proud to share our 2023 Year of Impact.

As we work towards our vision of a community free from sexual assault and family violence, and a society underpinned by the principles of gender equality, social justice and human rights, this year has seen our continued commitment to those impacted by sexual and family violence, with more than 4,000 clients supported throughout the year.

Our work and services have centred around their journey; while also focusing on prevention and addressing the causes of violence, harnessing the power of the lived experience and raising their voices, educating the community and expanding our breadth of work and service areas to ensure a holistic service is provided to our clients.

A snapshot of our year of impact:

  • 4,015 clients were supported across The SAFV Centre, an 8% increase on the previous year.
  • 2,781 adults, young people and children received a therapeutic service including counselling and group programs, a 17% increase on the previous year. 70% of these clients accessed therapeutic counselling for sexual assault.
  • 1,005 women, children and young people received family violence case management.
  • 115 young people and children received therapeutic treatment for problem sexual and sexually abusive behaviours across Barwon and Wimmera.
  • 704 clients were supported in the Wimmera district.
  • 280 secondary consultations provided to professionals within Barwon and Wimmera.
  • 1,235 participants attended our professional training.
  • 4,624 family violence cases supported by our staff within The Orange Door Barwon.

We officially opened and welcomed women and children to our new core and cluster refuge, a safe and welcoming space for those impacted by family violence. Over the past 12 months, our Refuge has welcomed many women and children, along with a number of much-loved family pets, providing security and safety while they re-establish their lives.

We were pleased to be announced the service provider for the Victims Assistance Program (VAP) in Barwon and the South West. We bring a strong connection with a client-centred response and look forward to ensuring victims of crime are provided with a holistic and trauma-informed service.

In August 2022, we were invited to partner with Emma House Domestic Violence Service in the South West, to explore the viability of Emma House becoming part of The SAFV Centre, to provide a stronger and sustainable future for women’s services across our regional locations, with robust governance, trauma-informed client services and cohesive leadership. After consultation and due diligence, we were pleased that Emma House members had the trust in our leadership and vision and passed a resolution for a voluntary acquisition. We are pleased to have welcomed Emma House to our organisation, ensuring women and children in the South West have access to specialist family violence services.

Central to our vision, is our commitment to the prevention of sexual and family violence; and our work toward gender equality. We are pleased to be working with a number of sporting clubs through our community partnership with AFL Barwon to provide greater understanding of the attitudes and behaviours that lay the foundation for sexual and family violence to occur in the community and build their understanding of the role and impact each individual can have by being an active bystander in the community.

Our sincere appreciation to the many clients for trusting us with your experience and journey. Providing victim-survivors with the opportunity to use their voice to advocate for change and highlight the impact of violence has been a strong focus for our organisation this year as we commenced our client journey mapping project, to establish and test a framework for engaging with clients and people with lived experience of sexual and family violence.

We are grateful to all of our partners, donors and supporters who continue to advocate for the work of our organisation and work together to deliver support and services to our community.

The next 12 months are already showing exciting opportunities with our focus on harmonisation across our teams and services, providing specialist, trauma-informed support to our clients, partners and the community.

We encourage you to join us as we reflect on our year and celebrate the achievements of our staff and organisation in our 2023 Year of Impact report.

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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