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Speaking truth to power: The role of survivors in driving policy change on gender-based violence

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posted on 2023-03-16, 00:11 authored by Lisa Wheildon

The thesis examines the role of survivors of gender-based violence in policy development and mechanisms for engagement. It centres survivors’ voices and perspectives with 12 in-depth interviews, alongside interviews with policymakers and analyses of government and media reports. The thesis includes a case study analysis on the role of survivor Rosie Batty in Victoria’s family violence reforms and a second case study exploring the risks of co-production and the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council. The findings highlight survivors’ strengths in generating community support, challenging institutional complacency and motivating stakeholders. The results underscore the need for role clarity and addressing power imbalances in co-production activities.


Campus location


Additional supervisor 1

Jacqui True

Additional supervisor 2

Abby Wild

Year of Award


Additional Institution or Organisation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type


Department, School or Centre

Monash Sustainable Development Institute


Monash Sustainability Institute