Good Practice Principles in Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Given the high prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence and its complexity, it is critical that services working with victims/survivors of violence are appropriately equipped to support them.
The purpose of this brochure is to synthesise the unique and effective practice model derived from specialist women’s services to inform policy direction and practices of generalist services who also work with victims/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. We use the language of ‘specialist women’s services’ to draw on their practice model and to outline required expertise however we also recognise the role community-led and –controlled organisations play in prevention and responses. Applying these principles will result in safe, just and effective outcomes for victims/survivors regardless of their backgrounds.
There are eight Good Practice Principles outlined in this document:
Principle 1: A human rights-based approach
Principle 2: An intersectional and equitable feminist approach
Principle 3: A victim/survivor centred practice and empowerment approach
Principle 4: Safety and risk focus
Principle 5: Trauma-informed practice
Principle 6: Perpetrator accountability
Principle 7: Confidentiality, organisational accountability and service responsiveness
You can watch our webinar, The unique role of specialist women’s services in ending sexual and gender-based violence, in which the brochure was launched here. A transcript of the webinar is available here.