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Health Update

Dear colleagues,
We understand that it is an unsettling time for people at the moment as individuals, organisations and communities are responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly as health information continues to be updated.
We wanted to offer a quick update on our upcoming workshop – ‘Reflective Supervision’:
  • Given the small workshop size (maximum of 12 people), at this stage we will go ahead as planned on Friday 20th 930am-1pm.
  • If you are unwell and unable to make this Friday, we can offer you a full refund.
  • If you are unable to attend, could you please contact Maya at and she will be able to advise you of the process for refund.
We will continue to update you of any changes to the workshop should further health advice arise over the next few days.
Wishes of a shared-community care for each other,
Shantiworks’ Team

ShantiWorks April, June and July Workshops now open for registration

April – Working With Children Who Live With Family Violence: Structuring Safety, Acknowledging Pain, Revealing Their Acts Of Resistance

June – Responding to women’s resistance to domination in the context of domestic violence

July – The limitations of dominant discourses of grief and loss on work with women subjected to domestic violence…

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ShantiWorkshops September & October

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13th September – Responding to women’s resistance to domination int he context of domestic violence

Presented by ShantiWorks Team

Women and victim-survivors are active in their resistance to perpetrators’ use of tactics of coercive control, abuse and violence. They use sophisticated strategies of maintaining the safety of themselves and their children. These strategies and ways of resisting domination and surviving can sometimes be at odds with dominant discourses and ideas about how a woman, a victim-survivor ’should’ respond and act, particularly when the woman victim-survivor uses physical strategies of resistance and survival. As workers, we need to be able to analyse the ways that power and control is being used by perpetrators in the relationship through patterned tactics of coercive control, rather than an individual incident focus, and distinguish who is doing what to whom and with what impact.

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18th October – The limitations of dominant discourse of grief and loss on work with women subjected to domestic violence

Presented by Dr Tracy Castelino

There is a popular and singular understanding about the right way to grieve and express losses, and clear expectations about which particular losses are acknowledged and supported by society. A  feminist narrative perspective of the experience and expression of grief creates a different perspective for consideration of the ways women might experience loss. A feminist narrative perspective is engaged with analysing and describing the ways social interactions construct the inner lives of individuals, our micro stories; in the case of grief, how social cultural interactions co-construct the experience and expression of grieving. I will explore with you, co-constructing alternative narratives that honour women’s realities. In this context, this workshop will explore questions such as:

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Practising the Duluth model in our daily work with domestic violence perpetrators

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25th July

Facilitated by Tracy Castelino, Lisa French, Anthony Lekkas and Rodney Vlais

The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP – “Duluth Model”) is an ever-evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic and family violence. The Duluth Model is an organising method that prioritises woman victim-survivor safety and perpetrator accountability within a social change framework. The model guides facilitators to build interventions within systems that are aligned with the realities of women and victim-survivors’ daily lives. Understanding the principles and the theoretical framework of the curriculum can deepen practices towards woman victim-survivor safety and perpetrator accountability.

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Challenging Racism in Our Work

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10th July

Facilitated by Dr Tracy Castelino and Lisa French

We all have cultural stories and sites of privileges and oppressions; some stories are made visible and some remain purposely invisible or silenced. This workshop offers a reflective space to name and explore political and social structures of domination that shape and inform our personal and professional selves, frame our activism, and inspire possibilities for social justice action.

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