Martha - family violence prevention
“Our program is about trying to get the message out about gender equality and the gender-based drivers of family violence rather than solely focusing on response."
Zoe - support worker
"What I enjoy most is being able to help our women and children envision and plan for a better future that’s full of hope and happiness."
Michael - policy officer in perpetrator services
"I went from working as a facilitator to establishing and managing a range of community programs. Now I’m working at the next level helping to drive policy direction.”
Charmaine - family violence prevention
"I speak to people one-on-one and run community sessions, working with women’s groups and men’s groups to talk about family violence within the community."
Hamsa - case manager
“My job is never boring – I work with very diverse clients in different situations and with different issues."
Alison - policy unit manager
"Being a social worker is very much an intrinsic part of who I am as a policy advisor.”
Loren - practice leader
"We help to create ‘lightbulb moments’ for people in how they understand gender equality and how they can be part of change.”
Russell - advocate in prevention services
"The rewarding part for me is when I talk to people or organisations and they say, ‘I didn't realise this was such a big issue, and I want to do something to fix that now.’”
Ali - men's behaviour change
"Working with men who use family violence is very different from many other forms of community or social work. It’s about holding people accountable for their actions.”
Amber - case manager
“The most rewarding part of my job is when I have a client that I can work with and support on their journey from what can be such significant risk, to being away and safer.”
Dan - Aboriginal practice leader
“What I love most about my work is helping someone break free from the cycle of violence – it could be the affected family member, or it could be the children."
Eileen - family violence trainer and educator
“In the classroom I encourage role plays and active discussions about the impact of gender, power, intersectionality theory and the legal and ethical frameworks."
Leah - sexual assault counsellor
"The fact that you can really work with people and advocate for them to create a lasting change in their lives, makes this such a rewarding job."
Sarah - victim support services
"When I considered a mid-career change I didn’t realise how many of the skills I already had were relevant to being a case manager.”
Reviewed 10 December 2020