Welcome to the report summary
Message from the Monitor
Throughout our monitoring we have been guided and challenged by young people who are victim survivors of family violence. The voices of these young advocates must be heard as they know best what is needed to keep them safe and to support their recovery. This report summary is the result of their knowledge and wise guidance. It has been prepared by young people in language that is clear and meaningful to them and their peers. We are indebted to these courageous champions of change who are committed to using their lived experience to shape the service system so that it can meet the needs of young people.
Jan Shuard PSM
Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor
Message from Y-Change
Family violence is rarely seen or understood through the experiences of children and young people. Too often, we are the ones you leave behind. It is critical to recognise us as victim survivors in our own right, not as ‘secondary victims’ of family violence or ‘extensions’ of our mother. Working in partnership with children and young people must be placed centrally to system reform. We hope that one day, our visions for change directly inform research, policy and practice reforms, and broader social change in a way that becomes everyday practice. That people understand that reform is not just something that happens ‘in the system’, it begins with each of us – our mindsets, approaches, and capacity to be challenged by young people with lived experience.
Berry Street’s Y-Change initiative