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Survey about young women's experiences of sexual and gender-based violence

Survey about young women’s experiences of reporting and seeking support after experiences of sexual and gender-based violence

About the survey

This survey asks questions about experiences of violence and abuse. If you think that it might be unsafe for you or someone is monitoring your devices, close this page and delete it from your browser history. If you think it is safe to do so, you can also visit this page from a computer, tablet, or smartphone that is not being monitored. For more information on tech safety visit

This survey is designed to capture the experiences of young women and non-binary people (aged 16-32) with seeking help after experiencing gender-based violence. This includes both disclosures that are made to the police and actual service help you did or did not receive.

Using the term ‘women’ we refer to cis and trans women, non-binary people and people with lived experience of misogyny.

Sexual and gender-based violence refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships. It encompasses threats of violence and coercion. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, economical or technological in nature, and can take the form of a denial of resources or access to services.

Using the term ‘perpetrator’ we refer to people who choose to use violence, coercion and control. This includes partners and ex-partners, family members, carers, colleagues, and so on.

You can preview the survey by downloading the file with questions here.

This survey will take you approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and does not require you to disclose your name or the services you’ve used unless you choose to. We will be using the survey findings on an anonymous basis in our advocacy and written submissions to relevant government departments as well as sharing the findings with other community organisations that are working to end gender-based violence. This work will complement the forum that we will be holding on July 7 2021 and the future work of the Young Women’s Advisory Group (subject to refunding). Check our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagramfor further announcements. You can also provide your email to us at the end if you would like to be kept up to date on this work.

The survey closes on the 6th of June.
If you wish to share with us any further information, you can do so by emailing our team at
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About AWAVA: 
Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is one of the six National Women’s Alliances funded by the Australian Government to bring together women’s organisations and individuals across Australia to share information, identify issues and contribute to solutions. AWAVA’s focus is on responding to and preventing violence against women and their children. AWAVA’s role is to ensure that women’s voices and particularly marginalised women’s voices are heard by Government, and to amplify the work of its member organisations and Friends and Supporters. AWAVA’s members include organisations from every State and Territory in Australia, representing domestic and family violence services, sexual assault services, services for women in the sex industry and women’s legal services, as well as organisations representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, migrant and refugee women, young women, women educators and other groups. AWAVA's lead agency is the Women's Services Network (WESNET). For more information visit: 

The survey covers a range of subjects related to violence.
  • For counselling about sexual assault, domestic and family violence call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), 24/7 phone and online services;
  • for crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14;
  • for LGBTI peer support and referral contact QLife on 1800 184 527 from 3pm to midnight 7 days a week;
  • for support and information for women with disabilities download Sunny app;
  • for family violence support for LGBTIQ people and families contact the w|Respect After Hours Helpline on 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847), available on Wednesday 5pm to 11pm, and Saturdays Sundays from 3pm to 10pm including public holidays;
  • for support for children, teenagers and young people up to 25, content Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800;
  • for support for men, contact Men's line on 1300 78 99 78.