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Transforming agency for victims of sexual violence

With You We Can

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Varied Ages
Project Focus
Project Area
Australia
Metro
ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

Project Description

With You We Can is a national victim-led network demystifying the police and legal processes for victims of sexual violence while working to improve them. Uniquely informed by sector and lived expertise, we want victims for whom it is safe to report to be empowered to do so, and for all victims to be informed of their options.

Post-assault, victims typically undertake an ‘information finding expedition’, searching for information to clarify that what they experienced was assault, to understand the context of the crime, and to determine what options and supports are available to them. But information is far from accessible, leaving victims alone and in the dark as a witness in the state’s investigation and prosecution of their own perpetrator.

Our knowledge hub debunks myths that discredit victims and exonerate perpetrators, breaks down legal terms by jurisdiction, contextualises victims and offenders in Australia’s policy landscape and uniquely outlines processes for victims from police reporting to criminal proceedings, and post court complaint options. It also offers guidance around alternatives to reporting, restorative justice and healing.

We want to increase reach by translating the resource and swapping to a more accessible website platform, to ensure we support our most vulnerable.

If we create understanding around our justice system, not just for victims but for the general public who might not otherwise engage, we are better placed to reform it.

Expected Outcomes

Empowerment of victims of sexual violence, including increased confidence and agency in seeking justice and healing.

Victims progress through the criminal justice system in an informed way, with increased access to legal and support services and a greater understanding of their rights.

Decrease in stigma around sexual assault, with increased public awareness of the impact of sexual violence on victims and the importance of supporting them.

Decrease in bystander behaviour, with increased awareness of the role of bystanders in preventing sexual violence and promoting a culture of consent, and increased community empathy and solidarity (empowered communities are more likely to respond effectively to challenges and contribute to their own resilience).

Increased understanding of the criminal justice process, the nature and extent of sex crimes, and the impact of sexual violence.

Increased resources allocated to the sexual violence sector, including funding for support, intervention and prevention.

Systemic reform of the criminal justice system, and enhanced trust in our public institutions.

Systemic cohesion among service providers, including collaboration and coordination among organisations to better support victims of sexual violence.

Project Data & Lessons

# of subscribers, # of clicks (technical metrics)

# of users with English as a second language

Survey of subscribers
- Self-reported confidence levels before and after the intervention
- Self-reported agency in seeking justice and healing
- Reporting to the legal system as a result of the intervention
- Progression through the legal system as a result of the intervention

# and quality of partnerships with service providers pamphlets, infographics, referrals
- Sexual assault support service partners (national, but with a focus on NSW)
- Police stations
- Government bodies

Data on the dissemination and reach of educational materials.

We share impact through our social media and public media. With time, we will work towards collating formal impact reports!

Project Dates

Update
The project is non-specific, we are looking to fund the entire organisation! The project is also Australia-wide (online), catering to metro and regional areas.

Funding Details

$170,500
Funding Needed
$0
Current Funding
$170,500
Total Project Costs
0
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Igniting Change & Vasudhara Foundation
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions, Pro bono services

Organisation Details

With You We Can
ABN: 22650863684

Contact

Sarah Rosenberg

About With You We Can

With You We Can is a national victim-led network demystifying the police and legal processes for victims of sexual violence while working to improve them. Uniquely informed by sector and lived expertise, we want victims for whom it is safe to report to be empowered to do so, and for all victims to be informed of their options. If we create understanding around our justice system, not just for victims but for the general public who might otherwise not engage, we are better placed to reform it.

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