New online storytelling project connects survivors of domestic violence

May 16 / 181

Not The Only One is a new Australian website where women who have experienced domestic violence can share their stories. 

Launched in February, the website is an initiative of the Department of General Practice’s Researching Abuse and Violence program (RAVE), led by Professor Kelsey Hegarty.

Professor Hegarty says even though one in five Australian women is a victim/survivor of domestic violence, it is still not something that many women feel comfortable talking about or sharing with others. 

“Not The Only One” is a site where women who have been abused can connect anonymously through their shared experiences. The aim is to help women feel less alone and that there are others out there who have gone through similar experiences. 

“We hope that it helps survivors feel heard and validated, as well as helping to educate the community about what women go through when they are in an abusive relationship,” Professor Hegarty says.

The stories on the site are freely available for anyone to read, and users can click a “This is Like Me” button if a particular story resonates with them, to show they can relate to the experiences described.

“If you are a woman who has experienced domestic violence, you can submit your own story to the website by clicking the “Write your Story” link at the top of the screen, or by following the links throughout the website. Instructions and helpful tips on how to do this are included.”

Not The Only One is funded by the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) and affiliated with MAEVe. It’s development included contributions from an interdisciplinary team of researchers across the University. A group of women victims/survivors of domestic violence generously contributed their time to helping us develop and review this website. 




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