#16Days: Speak out

Women deserve to have their experiences heard and acted on. And it's our responsibility to stand up, speak out and act on behalf of women and girls who aren't able to stand up for themselves. Explore the resources below to get informed about gender-based violence.

Speaking out

Emily's story

Emily came to Good Shepherd’s family violence service as a 48-year-old mother of two who had experienced long-term domestic violence. We helped Emily and her children find safe, affordable housing, supported her to obtain a court intervention order against her partner and arranged for funds to help repair her car. Good Shepherd also provided counselling for Emily and her children, which helped them address their trauma and build confidence and emotional resilience.

As a result of our support, Emily’s relationship with her children strengthened, which improved their school attendance and helped them reconnect with their own learning. Emily said our support helped her feel safe and empowered.

“…your kind words, genuine compassion and unconditional support have truly renewed my faith in humanity and contributed to our belief that life is turning around for the better. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Our work 


Australia's Compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women → Read the report

Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence  → Read the report

Restoring Financial Safety: Legal Responses to Economic Abuse  → Read the report

The Right to Refuse: Examining Forced Marriage in Australia → Read the report

Policy submissions


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