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National Survivor Engagement Framework

National Survivor Engagement Framework

The purpose of a National Survivor Engagement Framework is to ensure that the needs and experiences of survivors of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, including the most marginalised survivors, those who face multiple disadvantage in accessing help and support, are understood. It is also important that those for whom policy is made, are able to influence and guide that policy and share what works for them. 

What is required?

A sustainable, national, formal survivor engagement framework is required to ensure that survivors, witnesses and affected others inform and influence Government work related to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales.

The survivor engagement framework must (as a minimum):

  • include a wide variety of survivors, witnesses and affected others, including representation across the protected characteristics and those with complex, multi-faceted needs;
  • be a continuous process that creates dialogue between Government, survivors, witnesses and affected others of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence;
  • provide full geographical representation across Wales;
  • generate formal inputs and outputs that are measurable; and
  • integrate with existing citizen engagement work, such as that of “Young Wales” or the Older People’s Commissioner. 

The Welsh Government has a genuine commitment to the importance of survivor engagement in informing and shaping our work. The role of survivors in the development of policy work this year has been invaluable and we are determined to continue working closely with survivors across Wales in the development of a national sustainable survivor engagement framework.

Please submit a written response to these questions by 12pm on the 3rd May 2018 to VAWDASV.LlywodraethCymru-WelshGovernment@gov.wales.