ShantiWorks is holding training sessions at our Richmond premises on the third Friday of each month (9:30am -1:00pm).

These sessions will provide professional development in a range of areas with the aim to support participants in developing their ethics, theories and practice in their work. These areas include working with a feminist lens, understanding and unpacking commonly used models and frameworks, and deepening our understanding of working with victim-survivors and perpetrators of family violence.

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

ShantiWorks Team
13th September, 2019

Cost: $110 + GST

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.

This workshop will:

  • Explore the dominant discourses and ideas about women and victim-survivors in the context of domestic violence
  • Locate and unpack the resistive strategies of women and victim-survivors as a response and form of survival to perpetrators’ use of power and control, and coercive tactics
  • Name and bring forward women’s sites of agency when living in a context of domination and oppression
  • Explore the gendered differences in the intentions of actions by perpetrators and victim-survivors, and the impacts for women when violence is mutualised and de-gendered
  • Explore and develop ways that workers can respond, name and politicize women’s stories of resistance within the context of dominant socio-political structures



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

Dr Tracy Castelino
18th October, 2019

Cost: $110 + GST

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:

  • How do we make sense of the loss women who live with IPV experience?
  • What framework might support us engaging with her pain, and doubt, and love and public and private image?
  • How do we take care of the sense of injustice that the complexities of women’s decisions to survive domestic violence are not acknowledged socially?

Spaces are limited. To attend, please fill out your details below and an invoice will be sent to you.


We are also open to topic suggestions, as the ShantiWorks’ team wants this training to be relevant and useful to the community.