The Speaking Out program ensures that the voices of women who have experienced family violence and sexual assault are heard through the media and public events. Led by Women’s Health East, in partnership with the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA) and the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS), the program seeks to influence a change in community attitudes and to promote the prevention of violence against women.

Established in 2011, the program’s main objectives are:

  • To provide opportunities for women who have experienced violence to undertake advocacy;
  • To recognise the importance of women’s voices and ensure that the voices of survivor advocates are heard;
  • To contribute to a more accurate, sensitive and gender equitable public discourse on violence against women;
  • To contribute to changing community attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women.

The Speaking Out program provides an opportunity for the community to hear from women survivors of sexual assault and family violence and to learn about the role we can all play in ending violence against women in our community.


Survivor advocates can share not just their own stories of survival but can provide insight and expertise on how we can as a community prevent violence against women.

Our advocates can:

  • Provide personal insights on the impact of sexual assault and family violence
  • Challenge commonly held beliefs around sexual assault and family violence
  • Correct misconceptions and stereotypes about victims
  • Provide information about where women can go for support
  • Provide information to service providers on how women feel when navigating the family violence and sexual assault system
  • Encourage the community to take action to prevent violence against women.

To find out more or to book an advocate for an event or media opportunity, please contact Women’s Health East on 9851 3700 or health@whe.org.au.


Speaking Out Program Flyer (pdf)

Request an Advocate Form 


Women’s Health East together with Our Watch and VicHealth developed the Voices for Change manual.

Voices for Change: A Media Advocacy Program for the Prevention of Violence Against Women is a step-by-step guide with resources to enable organisations to plan and develop their own Media Advocacy Program with one unequivocal goal: to end violence against women.

Voices for Change is comprised on two essential documents – an Implementation Guide and Facilitator Training Manual.

The Implementation Guide is available to download here. Please contact us directly with any queries or to obtain a Facilitator Training Manuaal.

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The Voices for Change Implementation Guide shares the practical experience of organisations in Australia that have pioneered media advocacy work. It outlines how to establish a Media Advocacy Program that can be shaped to your organisation, with women who have different experiences of violence.

Voices for Change Implementation Guide – full version