Why Voice of Change

At Voice of Change we believe that by telling stories of family violence – through mediums including film, music, exhibitions, live theatre, fine arts and role play – we can amplify the voices of survivors and families of victims, champion meaningful education about, and action against, family violence, and ultimately bring about prevention and change.

Family violence is often hidden behind closed doors, so the physical and mental scars aren’t always acknowledged in the moment, or long-term.

About Voice of Change

The idea for Voice of Change was conceived during the production of The Fort, a movie about a mother and son living with family violence.

The subject matter addressed during filming of The Fort impacted the cast and crew greatly. The closed set provided a safe environment in which to share some personal and confronting conversations, and highlighted the therapeutic power of creative endeavours to heal, and to educate.

Colour Psychology

“I have worked with the psychology of colour for over thirty years and I know for a fact colour has impact both physically and mentally. I wanted the colours to symbolise everything that Voice of Change is about; communication, healing, self-power, positivity and action.

“The throat is where the voice comes from and is transported for all your paths of expression, but it is also where your voice is suppressed, shoved down and where your emotions get trapped rendering you mute and can cause physical pain.

Aquamarine

“The crystal is associated with the throat chakra, the place of the voice. It offers courage, promotes tolerance and compassion while dispelling fear. I have gone for the more blue-scale of Aquamarine as it symbolises energy, hope, joy and peace.

Orange

“International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women colour is Orange. I wanted a rich, vibrant version of the colour to really contrast with the coolness of the Aquamarine to make them both stand out but also give it energy and a sense of power, drive and momentum.

Dark Blue

‘Lapis lazuli crystal is the ‘Stone of Truth. This “stone of truth” restores your ability to communicate effectively to be open, stimulate, and instils balance. It was important the base colour grounds and amplifies the power and intensity of blue and orange. To have this colour in written text amplifies our message as our stone of truth by using our voice in all forms of the arts.” – Shaynna Blaze, Co-founder & Chair, Voice of Change.

Our People

Shaynna Blaze

Co-Founder, Director, Chairperson

An award-winning interior designer and television personality, Shaynna is a passionate advocate for women, and a social justice campaigner who has previously leant her voice to a number of organisations tackling family violence in Australia. Shaynna believes fervently in the power of the arts to unite people, amplify voices against family violence, and bring about change.

Neva Morrissy

Co-Founder, Director, Secretary

A design project manager for Blank Canvas Interiors and production manager for QSB Productions, Neva has a Bachelor of Business (International Trade), and has 10 years previous experience as an event manager in the conferencing and incentive industry. Having been raised in a loving, supportive family environment, unhampered by traditional gender role limitations, Neva wants to see an Australia where all kids experience safe, respectful childhoods, free from threats, manipulation and violence.

Katrina Holmes à Court

Director

A violinist and trained opera singer, Katrina has a bachelor of arts in history and gender studies and is currently pursuing a post-grad in psychology. Founder of the CineSeeds youth ambassador program for the 2012 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival – teaching kids aged 8-18 to advocate for human rights issues – Katrina is passionate about helping victims of family violence through education, advocacy and practical support.

Wayne Ainslie

Director

A qualified accountant and CPA, Wayne has worked in the retirement living industry for the past 20 years and is currently the Executive Manager – Accommodation Portfolio for the Independent & Assisted Living Division of Australian Unity. Inequality, abuse and bullying are not tolerable and Wayne believes every Australian should stand up, be counted and do their bit to try to eliminate family violence in all its forms.