This report explores a range of issues associated with gender-based violence and its impact on young women and non-binary people.
Drawing on both the 2021 survey conducted by the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) and translated into Easy English by Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), as well as a subsequent community forum hosted by AWAVA and the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA), this ground-breaking report explores a range of issues associated with gender-based violence and its impacts on young women and non-binary people.
These two key elements – the survey and the forum – combined to provide rich new insights. The survey yielded unique aggregate information, while the forum served to add depth to our understandings, particularly around people’s experiences. The project was intentionally designed to amplify the voices of those young women and non-binary people who tend to be underrepresented in traditional policy settings.
The report introduces new ways to understand both interpersonal and structural experiences of diverse forms of violence, relying on first-hand accounts from young people living in a range of circumstances across Australia. Importantly, the report captures what justice means to young victim-survivors – a question that is rarely asked.
On 17th February, AWAVA, WESNET, NATSIWA and WWDA launched online the ‘Report on Young Women and Non-Binary People’s Experiences of Gender-Based Violence across Australia‘. The webinar launch brought to light key findings of the report and highlighted unique elements of the survey and forum design. It also included a panel of young women and non-binary people, including Is Hay, Margherita Dall’Occo, Mali Hermans and Louise Wellington who discussed violence prevention, reporting mechanisms, service gaps and what meaningful change to end gender-based violence looks like. In case you missed it or would like to share it with your networks you can watch the report launch webinar recording here.