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, and two Sightlines Associates who lead and/or support projects that relate to practice priorities and community needs.
The work and influence of the Sightlines professional services is strengthened and taken further by Friends of Sightlines who include former team members, associates and ongoing allies and collaborators.
Chief Executive Officer, DVSM
Sal has worked in strategy and development roles within human services for twenty years in London and Sydney. In 2015, she joined Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM), a registered charity that provides direct services to people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV), homelessness and other wellbeing needs across urban, suburban and remote rural contexts in NSW.
Sal has been advancing the depth and breadth of DVSM’s work across sector boundaries. In 2015, she established a professional services division, Sightlines, to support improved social, service and system awareness and responses to people experiencing DFV and other adversities. In 2017, Sal led the design and establishment of the Insight Exchange platform. 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. In 2020 the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team Report 2017 – 2019 spoke to the value and importance of DVSM’s work ‘in reframing safety planning as victim-centred and considers that this approach to safety planning should form part of all domestic violence training’.
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 advisor to NGOs and corporate executives.
Sal is known for her strategic and purposeful approach to working with others, creating common ground amongst 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.
Sightlines Associate - Economic Wellbeing
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. 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.
In 2019, she founded a new not-for-profit, the Centre for Women's Economic Safety, and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore service responses to women experiencing or escaping domestic financial abuse in the USA, Canada, and the UK.
Dr Leticia Funston
Dr Leticia Funston currently lives and works on the stolen and unceded lands of the Bidjigal peoples of Eora Nation and Burramattagal peoples of Darug Nation. Leticia is inspired by First Nations Worldviews, anti-colonial resistance, queer theories, intersectional feminism and Response Based Practice. She aims to “walk the talk” in her work as a qualified social worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Honours 1, Sydney University) and as a social researcher (Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Social Inquiry, University of Technology Sydney).
Leticia recently completed a PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Lesley Laing and Dr Margot Rawsthorne with the Education and Social Work Faculty at Sydney University. Leticia’s thesis, In the Business of Trauma: An intersectional-materialist feminist analysis of ‘trauma informed’ women’s refuges and crisis accommodation services in Sydney and Vancouver (2019), considers the capacity for human services to provide care and to respond to gendered violence and housing injustice under the constraints imposed by settler-colonialism and neoliberalism.
Leticia currently works as a Sightlines Associate with Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM). Leticia has worked in the field of gendered violence response and prevention for over ten years. Leticia is passionate about collaborating with others towards our collective liberation, respect and dignity.
Marisa is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with almost 20 years’ experience in the community sector in various roles from direct support work, case management, counselling and program management.
Marisa’s focus has been on working with victims of violence in various contexts in youth homelessness, residential Out Of Home Care, disability and adult services. In recent years as Program Manager of CRC’s Miranda Project she has turned her attention to working with women impacted by the Criminal Justice System who themselves have been victims of Domestic and Family Violence, and the ever-rising overrepresentation of First Nations Women.
Every day she sees and works with people who face immeasurable challenges, who have been exposed to unacceptable levels of injustice, then are further victimised due to their resistance to the violence and oppression they have endured and the social responders they encounter.
At Domestic Violence Service Management Marisa works as a Sightlines Associate on the Insight Exchange.
Marisa is passionate about working with victims to have their voices heard, their resistance known and to advocate not only for every persons basic rights of safety, dignity and equality but also for the cultural, societal and systemic change that needs to occur to reduce the injustice and violence for future generations.