Family violence is often hidden behind closed doors, so the physical and mental scars aren’t always acknowledged in the moment, or long-term.
Abuse doesn’t discriminate in terms of age, gender, race, religion or culture, and abusive behaviour comes in many forms including:
- Physical, emotional or verbal abuse
- Coercive, strategic or financial control
- Withholding intimacy or communication
- Sexual violence
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.
Essence of the Logo
“Through its form, proportions and typographic selection, the Voice of Change logo captures the organisation’s values and intentions when confronting Domestic Violence.
“With progress at the heart of Voice of Change’s work, fluidity in the design’s form illustrates forward movement and taking action. The beneficial nature of this progress is then elaborated through the left-to-right growth seen in the word ‘Change’.
“The word ‘Change’ taking on a bold, uppercase typeface captures the strength of the voice behind each story, with the naturally constructed, cursive typeface of ‘Voice’ then displaying its sincerity.” – Amelia Ghali, designer, Voice of Change logo.
“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.
“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.
“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.
‘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.
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.
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
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.
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.