Meet the Insight Exchange team - Director and Assistant Director, the founding collaborators, FY21/22 Insight Exchange Associates, Supporters and Collaborators.
Insight Exchange Team
Director - Insight Exchange
Sal has worked in strategy and development roles in human services in London and Sydney. She has been advancing the depth and breadth of DVSM’s work including the design and establishment of Insight Exchange to inform social, service and systemic responses to domestic and family violence.
Insight Exchange has growing engagement within Australia and abroad supporting a range of sectors across the response continuum including corporates, community, health, government, specialist and statutory services. In 2020, the NSW State Coroners Domestic Violence Death Review Team Report 2017 – 2019 spoke to the value and importance of DVSM’s Insight Exchange 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 is a member of the NSW Attorney Generals Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council.
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.
Assistant Director - Insight Exchange
Luke is a Qualified and accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor with extensive experience in working with men who use violence. He has worked for over 20 years in the social sector across Government departments, specialist services, private practice, and as a consultant and individual and group supervisor.
Luke’s practice has primarily involved working with men in counselling and in men's group programs. He's recently completed his term as co-chair of the NSW Men's Behaviour Change Network. He has also engaged as a Specialist Consultant, as a member of No to Violence' NSW Expert Panel for Men's Behaviour Change and member of the DVNSW Policy and Advisory Committee as a specialist in working with men who use violence. Luke has also contributed to training the sector, at TAFE's, with NSW Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) and various other consultancy roles for registered training organisations (RTO's).
Luke's brings an eclectic approach and understanding to the work from the various therapeutic modalities he's been trained in, including: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psycho-somatic psychotherapy.
Prior to starting with Insight Exchange Luke was the manager of the Men & Family Centre. An organisation that specialises in collaborative, respectful whole-of-family responses to domestic and family violence. As Assistant Director, Luke co-leads the overall initiative and portfolios within Insight Exchange.
Launched in November 2017, Insight Exchange was designed by Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM), in collaboration with Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Wade from Centre for Response-Based Practice Canada.
Regular Associates (see bios below)
- Dr Leticia Funston
- Corina Backhouse
- Dr Linda Coates
- Arely Carrion
- Kaylene Edson
- Danielle Allen
- Dr Skye Charry
- Dr Tania Solorio
- Andrea Salamanca
Insight Exchange would not be what it is today without the input of former Assistant Director Rebecca Glenn (founder of Centre for Women's Economic Safety) and the engagement, support and expertise of others who have contributed since it's inception. The work is enriched by all who generously participate to share their lived experience insights, as well as Associate colleagues, collaborators, in-kind supporters, individual contributors, and donors. The industry specialists and suppliers we work with also make meaningful contributions through their skilled expertise and in various forms of in-kind donation to take the work forward.
Insight Exchange Associates
Dr Leticia Funston
Associate | Independent academic, researcher and participant interviewer
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 completed her PhD degree 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.
Associate | Participant Interviewer
Corina has worked in a range of social policy, research, community development, advocacy and communications roles in the domestic, family and sexual violence, refugee advocacy, and women’s health sectors. She currently works for NSW Health in prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect policy and program areas, and independently as a consultant providing research, knowledge translation and practice development support.
Corina lives and works across unceded Gadigal and Dharawal lands and is motivated by a deep commitment to anti-violence and anti-racism work that is intersectional, critically reflective, and that challenges normative models of ‘what counts’ as evidence and expertise. Her work has included development and implementation of national and state-based policy and practice frameworks; conducting participatory research and evaluation; building collective advocacy initiatives and campaigns; and development of capacity building resources, such as the National Risk Assessment Principles for Domestic and Family Violence and the Avoiding the 3M’s: Myths, Mistakes and Misinformation in Violence, Abuse and Neglect Statistics and Research resources.
Corina holds a Master’s of Gender and International Development from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Advanced Liberal Studies (First Class Honours, Gender Studies) from the University of Sydney. She is currently studying Narrative Therapy and Community Work, which is a source of much inspiration, joy and sustenance.
Dr Linda Coates
Associate | Language Lab & Language and evidence
Dr. Linda Coates is works in the department of Psychology at Okanagan College. She is a developer of Response-Based Practice and a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice. Her work emphasises critical analysis and application. She has published and presented on topics related to violence, social interaction, and language.
Linda is particularly interested in social responses to violence and applying Response-Based ideas in a wide variety of settings including therapy, medicine, policing, criminal law, family law, education, and the media.
Linda has conducted studies in various settings (e.g., criminal law, the media, family law) which demonstrate how language can be used to conceal violence, mitigate perpetrators' responsibility, blame victims, and conceal victim resistance. She has also shown how language can be used to do the opposite: to reveal violence, clarify responsibility, uncover victim resistance, and undercut victim blaming. She pioneered the use of the term "unilateral" to describe violent interactions, and "mutualizing" to describe how those unilateral violent actions are misrepresented as mutual.
Linda offers advising, training, supervision, document and policy analysis, and expert opinions and reports.
Linda has a particular interest in working in rural and farming communities.
Associate | Clubs Industry Responses
Arely is known for her authenticity and passion to support employees, members, and community.
Arely has extensive business expertise within the Clubs industry, managing venues in senior operational roles at Harbord Diggers & Manly Bowling Club for the Mounties Group and at Hurstville & Menai for the Club Central Group. She has also worked alongside multiple venues across NSW as a Business Partnership Manager for Max Performance Solutions (Tabcorp).
Arely has been a champion of Insight Exchange since 2018, and in Nov 2021 she stepped out of employment in the clubs industry to take up a 12m Associates role designed to support communities who may not be connected to information and supports outside of their club workplace or membership. In this time Arely has met with hundreds of people working in the industry, from executives to part-time casuals, suppliers, sharing the urgent and vital work of improving understanding and responses to domestic, family and sexualised violence.
From Nov 2022 Arely is continuing in Insight Exchange Associate work 1 day a week and returning to employment within the clubs industry. Her Insight Exchange work will involve leading a network from the clubs’ industry to embed the ideas and resources and supporting the broader work of Insight Exchange to support responders across the ecosystem.
Associate | Workplace responses
Kaylene is an experienced Diversity & Inclusion and Health & Safety professional passionate about workplace and business responses to domestic, family and sexualised violence (DFSV). Kaylene’s Associate work has evolved from being an industry stakeholder, to donating in-kind hours to support the work, and in 2022 she commenced dedicated work focused on the intersection of workplace and employee assistance programs as responders.
Previously, as Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging consultant for CSIRO , Kaylene was able to take the Insight Exchange Workplace Kit (Insights Paper, Follow My Lead and My Safety Kit) to develop the organisations workplace response to domestic family violence and abuse. She has led the application of Insight Exchange ideas into the workplace, directly shaping what gets valued and who gets heard.
Kaylene has first-hand experience in the urgent yet careful work of establishing listening mechanisms, shaping language, policy, response processes and communication priorities that centre on and from peoples lived-expertise. She continues to work with CSIRO, provides skilled support to community-based initiatives, and works as regular and valued Associate in the Insight Exchange team.
Associate | Understanding and responding to strangulation
Danielle has worked in a diverse range of health and education settings in metropolitan, regional and rural areas in NSW. She has extensive experience in counselling, group work, advocacy, training, project and community development roles in the domestic, family and sexual violence in the women’s and children’s’ health sector.
She currently lives on unceded Wiradjuri lands. Danielle has previously been involved with service improvement projects with the Western NSW Local Health District Prevention and Response to Violence Abuse and Neglect Service. She is conducting research investigating best practice responses in the area of non-fatal strangulation.
Danielle is committed to centring the voices of people with lived experience in building the knowledge and capacity of social and sector responders through education and training. This training has been delivered through NAPCAN, NSW TAFE and NSW Health staff with a focus on reflective, integrated practice and service delivery with a strong focus on interpersonal family violence.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney Hons 2), Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Fine Arts and Psychology), (University of Sydney).
Danielle was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to explore collaborative responses to victims of interpersonal violence who have experienced non-fatal strangulation and traumatic brain injury in the USA and Canada. Read the report here Churchill Fellowship project and report
Bi-monthly Associate Sessions
In 2020-2021 we engaged with a small group of Insight Exchange Associates and Collaborators from a range of contexts.
Reflections from the initiative are shared in ‘Who benefits from keeping us apart?’ A collection of reflections from Insight Exchange Associates FY20/21.
The roles and experiences of participants are outlined within the reflections resource.
In 2022 we continue to meet bi-monthly to exchange insights across diverse disciplines of work. The group includes the Insight Exchange Team, Associates, Supporters and Collaborators:
- Arely Carrion | Extensive business expertise within the Clubs industry, managing venues in senior operational roles
- Corina Backhouse | NSW Health prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect policy and programs; and independent researcher.
- Danielle Allen | Building on understanding of and responses to strangulation
- Kaylene Edson | CSIRO Workplace relations & In-Kind Support of Insight Exchange supporting workplaces as responders
- Kelly-Anne Stewart | Principal Advisor Women Offenders, Corrections Strategy & Executive Services (DCJ CSNSW)
- Dr Leticia Funston | Independent Domestic and Family Violence Researcher & Insight Exchange participant interviewer
- Louise Whelan | Visual artist with photo-media base. Her multidisciplinary approach spans photo-media, projection, video art, public, installation and curation.
- Luke Addinsall | Assistant Director Insight Exchange, Qualified and accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor with extensive experience in working with people who use violence
- Marisa Moliterno | Program Manager, Miranda Project and Pathways Home, Community Restorative Centre
- Rebecca Glenn | Founder of Centre for Women's Economic Safety (former Assistant Director of Insight Exchange)
- Sal Dennis | Director Insight Exchange (former CEO of Domestic Violence Service Management)
- Dr Skye Saunders | Building on understanding of and responses to sexual harassment
Collaborators and Supporters
Louise Whelan | Collaborating Artist
In September 2020 we commenced collaboration with award winning artist Louise Whelan.
Louise is a visual artist with photo-media base. Her multidisciplinary approach spans photo-media, projection, video art, public, installation and curation. Much of her practice draws inspiration from environmental and humanitarian issues, and her interest in the aesthetics of memory.
Louise is widely published and exhibited. She photographs for the state libraries of NSW, WA and the National Library of Australia. Louise has more than 30 national and international awards to her name.
Louise complements her photographic works with the State Library of NSW in the oral history discipline. The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee has collected some of her oral histories as a documentary heritage to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Explore Louise Whelan's original works in the Insight Exchange Arts Lab Collection
Explore Louise Whelan's Portfolio at https://australiansall.photoshelter.com/about
Other forms of donation and/or in-kind support
Insight Exchange would not be what it is today without the engagement, support and expertise of others. The work is enriched by all who participate, as well as Associate colleagues, collaborators, in-kind supporters, individual contributors, and donors. The industry specialists and suppliers we work with also make meaningful contributions through their skilled expertise and in various forms of donation to the work. The Insight Exchange team would like to thank:
- support with copy Rachael Cann
- the team at L.E.K. Consulting for the generous pro bono support of 30+ consultants to review 150+ websites and the development of short guides featured in the No Hidden Door project resources
- the team at Salt and Fuessel for their generous initiative to reach out to us and provide dedicated assistance (as a form of donation) in digital SEO support.
- animator Guy Downes (and team) for extending the rights in perpetuity (as a form of donation) for work developed in the Insight Exchange animations.
- the team at RMK for reducing their commercial rates (as a form of donation) to assist in producing the voice overs for the the Insight Exchange animations.