Queer Voices for Change

Call for advocates to speak out against sexual, domestic and family violence

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ)?

Do you have a lived experience of intimate partner violence and/or family violence and/or sexual assault?

Are you an advocate or do you know someone who is?

Are you interested in working to prevent violence by sharing a personal story in a supported way?

About Queer Voices for Change:

The NSW Queer Voices for Change: Media Advocacy to End Family Violence and Sexual Assault Project ensures that the voices of LGBTIQ+people who have experienced intimate partner and family violence are heard through the media and public events. Domestic Violence NSW and ACON are working in partnership to influence a change in community attitudes and to promote the prevention of intimate partner violence, family violence and sexual assault. The project is funded by DVNSW, ACON and Our Watch, the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children. The project is informed by ‘Change the Story: A Shared Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children in Australia’ and by the report ‘Primary prevention of family violence against people from LGBTIQ communities’ which are both available at www.ourwatch.org.au

Established in 2018 in NSW, the program’s main objectives are:

  • To provide opportunities for LGBTIQ+ people who have experienced violence to undertake advocacy;
  • To recognise the importance of LGBTIQ+ people’s voices and ensure that the voices of survivor advocates are heard;
  • To contribute to a more accurate, sensitive and LGBTIQ+ inclusive public discourse on intimate partner and family violence;
  • To contribute to changing community attitudes and behaviours towards intimate partner and family violence and sexual assault.

About the advocate roles:

  • The advocate role is an unpaid, volunteer position.
  • Advocates will receive support in their role, including three days of free professional training in Sydney on the research behind preventing intimate partner and family violence, trauma, persuasive speaking, advocacy, and media engagement.
  • Meals provided for during training.
  • Advocates will receive debriefing support from DVNSW and access to six free counselling sessions through ACON or their regular counsellor
  • DVNSW and ACON will work with media outlets to connect advocates with journalists.
  • DVNSW and ACON will work with advocates to help their story become public.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people living with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and other people from marginalised communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • People from regional and rural areas are particularly encouraged to apply. Support for travel and accommodation is available.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Queer Voices for Change project you must:

  • Identify as LGBTIQ+
  • Have lived experience of intimate partner violence and/or family violence and/or sexual assault.
  • Feel ready and safe to publicly discuss your experience of violence.
  • Be available to attend the media advocacy training dates on August 8th, 9th and 10th 2019 9.30-4.30 in Sydney (people who are unavailable on these dates will not be considered for this round of training).
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be willing and available to speak to the media and/or to speak publicly about your experience.
  • Reside in NSW
  • Not be involved in any ongoing legal proceedings related to the experience of violence.

People applying to participate in this project will go through a risk assessment and safety planning to ensure readiness to participate safely.

Training places are limited and some people may be unable to participate.

To apply, please complete an Expression of Interest form no later than midnight Sunday July 21st 2019.

The Expression of Interest Form and Advocate Role Position Description can be downloaded below.

 For more information contact DVNSW Queer Voices for Change Project Coordinator, Renata Field on (02) 9698 9777 or renata@dvnsw.org.au or ACON’s Manager of Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Annaliese Constable on (02) 9206 2032 or aconstable@acon.org.au

Expression of Interest Form

Survivor advocate position description