Dr Tracy Castelino founded the ShantiWorks organisation. Dr. Castelino has been working in the field of violence against women for more than 20 years. This has included direct service and management roles with women and children’s services and men’s family violence prevention and intervention services. She is currently engaged with several primary prevention projects which utilises her gender violence prevention and intervention expertise. She continues to work with women and children who have been subjected to violence in their homes and provides supervision to domestic violence and men’s family violence teams. Dr Castelino continues to provide counselling and group work as this grounds her knowledge and skills in providing supervision and training. She is regularly called upon to facilitate partnership work, within organisations and across multi-sectoral collaborations. She is skilled in working with the local politics and taking care of people and process to bring forward positive outcomes.
Lisa French is a social worker living in Melbourne and has worked in the field of violence against women in Victoria and Queensland. She has worked in direct practice as an advocate and coordinator of a domestic violence crisis support program. Lisa remains engaged in working directly with women and survivors of violence providing individual counselling. She is a facilitator and trainer and is passionate about creating a space for meaningful group and community conversation that allows for critical discussion and action.
Jean Wilson is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University. Since becoming a member of the ShantiWorks team, Jean’s views and ideas have broadened away from the psychology world and she has developed an interest in working with young people in the prevention and early intervention of domestic violence. This interest came from working on the Equal, Safe and Strong project as an intern with ShantiWorks in 2016. Jean believes all people are entitled to feel safe within their homes and wishes to support young people to critically learn about ethical, safe and respectful relationships, as well as recognise how to interact with those in their lives in a way that fosters equality and anti-discrimination. Jean has utilised her artistic skill for the creation of the card packs ShantiWork’ uses in workshops and training. These card packs aim to provoke individual and group thoughts and reflections about issues such as social justice, culture, fathering and masculinity, and feminism. Jean believes artwork encourages people to contemplate and challenge its content and wider social issues. Because of this, Jean names her artworks with a narrative so as to better inform the viewer of its background and intentions.