Sightlines is the Professional Services division of DVSM, established in 2015 and works to provide capacity building supports to corporates, institutes, organisations, services and communities. Sightlines works in a way that involves actively listening to people and communities with lived experience of Domestic and Family Violence and draws on practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice to improve social, service and system responses to violence.
The Sightlines Team includes DVSM’s CEO, the Sightlines Participation and Engagement Advisor, Sightlines Associate – Economic Wellbeing and Workplace & EAP Responses, and the team of Sightlines Associates who lead and/or support projects that relate to practice priorities and community needs.
Sightlines Participation and Engagement Advisor
Geoff is a specialist in supporting program design and strategy through processes that enable the participation and leadership of people with lived experiences. Geoff has worked across a range of contexts including community development, international development, youth participation, Indigenous people’s rights and violence. Through this work Geoff has developed a deep understanding of people’s resistance and responses to violence and oppression.
In his role at Sightlines DVSM, Geoff has supported the design and development of Insight Exchange which centres on the expertise of people with lived experiences of violence and gives voice to these experiences to inform and strengthen social, service and systemic responses to domestic and family violence. He has led the design and roll out of the interview process through which people with lived experiences of violence share their experiences in a safe and ethical way.
Geoff has also led the development of the Concepts of Safety project and supported the development of the Follow My Lead resource, and the organisation’s Practice Framework.
Geoff has more than 10 years’ experience in designing, delivering and evaluating Human Rights, advocacy and leadership programs. Prior to his role at Sightlines DVSM, he was the Manager of the International Youth Program at Oxfam Australia and coordinated Human Rights and advocacy training programs at Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.
Geoff is passionate about working to support and enable the participation and leadership of oppressed and marginalised people and communities in their efforts to seek justice and to realise their rights, dignity and wellbeing.
Sightlines Associate - Economic Wellbeing and Workplace & EAP Responses
Rebecca is communications specialist and financial wellbeing expert with experience across the corporate, government and not-for profit sector.
Before joining the Sightlines team at DVSM, she worked for the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) where she was responsible for developing the employee financial wellbeing program. Before that she managed the bank's school financial capability program, Start Smart. As a member of CBA’s Domestic and Family Violence Working Group Rebecca worked with a range experts to develop the Women’s Financial Wellbeing Guide and partnered with DVNSW to produce the Addressing Financial Abuse Guide. She also led development of the bank’s first Financial Inclusion Action Plan.
With a background in communications and journalism, Rebecca developed her passion for financial wellbeing while working as a communications executive at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). In that capacity she was an Executive Committee member for MoneySmart Week and subsequently became the founding CEO of not-for-profit organisation, Financial Literacy Australia.
At Sightlines DVSM, she works on the Insight Exchange initiative with a focus on economic abuse and the impact of domestic and family violence on economic wellbeing.
Chief Executive Officer
Sal has worked in strategy and development roles within human services for twenty years in London and Sydney. She joined Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM) in 2015 where she established a professional services division, Sightlines, to support improved social, service and system awareness and responses to people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) and other adversities.
Under Sal’s leadership DVSM has also established an important contribution in the establishment of Insight Exchange. Each month, professionals, practitioners and the public from across the response continuum engage in reflection around foundational ideas about violence, and our shared responsibility as responders and social agents in representing violence.
Sal has designed and led projects in service reforms, common assessment frameworks, child poverty reduction and integrated leadership programs across statutory and universal services. Her experience also includes working with corporate leadership firms in an associate capacity as a coach and adviser to NGOs and corporate executives.
Sal is known for her strategic and purposeful approach to working with others, creating common ground among stakeholders with differing goals and motivations. Sal’s legacy is in developing the leadership of others and distilling clear ways to understand and make progress through complexity. Sal is passionate about connecting people to people, people to ideas, and ideas to ideas.