A great conversation with Shaynna Blaze and Tori Cooke about the fundamental things that need to change to end family violence.
JUST BY WATCHING THIS VIDEO YOU ARE RAISING MONEY TO HELP VOICE OF CHANGE STOP FAMILY VIOLENCE
Find out more about Shaynna & Tori below
An award-winning interior designer, Shaynna Blaze is known to many for her television roles on Selling Houses Australia, The Block, Shaynnas World of Design, Deadline Design, Buying Blind and as the latest winner of Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
But away from the spotlight, Shaynna is also a passionate advocate for women, and a social justice campaigner who has lent her voice to a number of organisations tackling domestic violence, most recently as the executive producer of The Fort, a feature film written and co-directed by her children Carly and Jess about one womans battle to escape her abusive marriage while attempting to shelter her son from the realities of domestic violence which is scheduled for release this year.
Shaynna and her family created Voice of Change to amplify the voices of victim-survivors of family violence, to champion meaningful education about and action against family violence, and to bring about prevention and change.
Voice of Change creates arts projects that give a voice to people experiencing or who have experienced family violence. Art therapy a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a persons physical, mental, and emotional well-being provides the framework for Voice-of-Changes arts-based approach. They believe that everyone has a role to play in preventing family violence, and that education and conversation are key.
Tori Cooke, a Senior Social Work Practitioner and a well-known specialist trainer in the field of family violence in Australia is the Head of Workforce Development at No to Violence, an organisation that has worked directly with men who use family violence for 25 years.
Tori has delivered training and consultant advice to government, police, child protection, magistrates court and the family law environment. No to Violence is the largest peak body in Australia for organisations and individuals who work with men, and the sector that supports them, to change their abusive and violent behaviour.
They work for members and the community through:
No to Violence works across our members, colleagues, the family violence sector and governments to develop and advocate for best practice policy in stopping mens use of family violence. Our research and policy team is committed to positively affecting change in our community.
No to Violence is a provider of training and professional development for the mens family violence sector, as well as working with other organisations to embed support that enables men to stop violence and abusive behaviour. This builds over over 20 years working in partnership with Swinburne University, having launched the Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Male Family Violence) in 1999.
No to Violence works closely with our members and across the national sector to establish best practice for everyone who works with men who use violence. A strong sector is essential for ending mens use of family violence, and by leveraging and elevating the voices of our membership we strengthen the sector.
MEN'S REFERRAL SERVICE
A mens family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service operating around the country and is the central point of contact for men taking responsibility for their violent behaviour.
Voice Of Change - https://voiceofchangeau.org/
NO To Voilence https://ntv.org.au/
If you're in immediate danger call 000 for police and ambulance or call 1 800 RESPECT (1-800-737-732) for help and advice