A statement from the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council in response to changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act.
The Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council affirms the importance of the voices of victim survivors in shedding light on the impact of crimes and abuse on lives.
We stand with victim survivors and advocates who feel silenced as a result of changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act. Your voices matter and we hear them.
The voice of lived experience, our voices, are helping to shape important family violence reforms in Victoria. By speaking up and sharing our stories – and our lives – it is our way of moving forward and creating positive change.
We support the safety of victim survivors during court proceedings and respect victim survivors who choose to remain anonymous. But we also support victim survivors who choose to speak after court proceedings.
We call on the Victorian Government to take rapid and decisive action so that victim survivors may continue to own their stories, use their voices and choose their own paths.