Migrant and refugee women who have survived family violence are powerful advocates for change and inform inTouch’s work at every level. By sharing their experiences, survivor-advocates influence sector and government reforms, the development of policy, media reporting and attitudes to family violence in the broader community.
‘Noor’ means ‘light’ in many languages around the world and is also a common first name used throughout South Asia. It reflects the multicultural nature of the group, while also highlighting their role shining a light on issues faced by victim-survivors, and as a beacon of hope for other women experiencing family violence.
NOOR also stands for ‘Narrating Our Own Resilience’, acknowledging that these women’s stories are powerful, and that they are strong, resilient and expert advocates contributing to the development of an appropriate and responsive system that reflects the experiences and needs of victim-survivors.
The NOOR Family Violence Survivor Advocates group was created in 2018 as part of the response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Unlike other survivor-advocate groups, NOOR’s purpose is to platform the voices of migrant and refugee women who have experienced family violence and is the only group in Australia to do so.
Members are former inTouch clients who are post-crisis, from a variety of different cultural, linguistic and professional backgrounds and are on their own individual journeys to recovery. inTouch is proud to work with the group to facilitate a safe and supportive environment where every member feels confident in sharing her story.
Noor Survivor-Advocates engage on and have expertise on a broad range of issues relating to family violence and migration. Primarily, they-
NOOR have provided their expertise to a diverse range of organisations and family violence service providers. These include-
“I wanted to say thank you to the wonderful speaker we had on our lived experience panel. She spoke beautifully and articulately, and in general we have had excellent feedback on that conversation and the very vital points that were made.”
|NIFVS||Consultation & Beyond: Engaging Survivor Advocates Webinar||Sep-21|
|Family Safety Victoria||Meet and Greet for More than our story: action, wisdom and change – Lived Experience Forum panel members – Learning by doing||April-22|
|Safe Steps||Candlelight Vigil event||May-22|
|Safe and Equal||PreventX – What’s Next? Conference||May-22|
|inTouch||Setting the Agenda: Multicultural Communities on Family Violence||June-22|
National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children
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You take one step at a time, and soon you realise: you are stronger and more confident than you think.NOOR Member
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To experience family violence, mitigate risk, and keep yourself and your children safe in a very dangerous place takes incredible strength and courage that only you possess. No matter where you are from — no culture, no religion, no community condones violence.NOOR Member
If you would like to speak to someone about consulting with NOOR, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org