Empowering Survivors to Recover, Rebuild and Re-connect.
Survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence don’t just need crisis support, they need support to recover, rebuild and re-engage.
And this support is strongest when it is led by those with lived experience and involves opportunities for connection and community.
Isolation and reduced opportunities are hallmarks of an abusive relationship. Even after the incident or after escaping violence, the health and social consequences of traumatic experiences can prevent one from living their full life.
About Healing Pathways
Healing Pathways will be a national online hub and information gateway to a range of supports, resources, networks and opportunities to empower survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence of all ages and genders to rebuild connection, community, and financial freedom.
This might look like opportunities for socialising, sharing ideas and resources, meeting with a careers advisor or a mentor, accessing childcare or respite services, engaging with education and training as well as employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, financial planning, investment or retirement advice, family law advice, advocacy, and medium to long term trauma specialist counselling.
Healing Pathways will be accessible nationwide through a secure interactive website and mobile application and will be supported by Full Stop Australia’s national sexual, domestic and family violence trauma specialist counselling service (1800FULLSTOP | 1800 385 578 | fullstop.org.au)
In October 2022, Full Stop Australia held a consultation forum with some of our survivor-advocates around the country to discuss key gaps in recovery and peer support needs.
Read our report summarising the discussion here.
Lived Experience at the Centre
Healing Pathways will be survivor-led and will include opportunities for peer support programs, offering safe spaces for people with lived experience of violence and abuse to support and encourage one another to recover, rebuild and re-engage.
Full Stop Australia recognises that violence can impact people of all ages, genders, cultural backgrounds, and sexualities who may be living in urban, regional or remote locations.
Choice and control are critical element to a recovery journey. That’s why Healing Pathways will provide for a personalised experience, supporting each person’s choice to access the right service and opportunities at the right time to suit their diverse needs.
Relationship with Survivor Advocate Program
The focus of Healing Pathways will be to provide opportunities and resources which empower survivors to recover from the violence and abuse they have experienced, to rebuild, and to thrive.
The focus of the National Survivor Advocate Program is to support survivors who wish to use their voice to influence changes to policies, practices and laws affecting the multitude of others impacted by sexual, domestic and family violence.
Each Program will provide information about the other on their respective web pages.