We are a small team of doers and thinkers, working part-time but always passionate about the issue of social violence. We are a young team and young people are at the centre of our work.
We are energetic, self-motivated and collaborative, committed to working together to achieve our vision of ending social violence.
If you are interested in joining the team as a staff member or volunteer, visit our news section to view any current opportunities.
Anna O’Halloran – Chief Executive Officer
Anna has a strong passion for public health and social justice, stemming from her work with Women’s Health Victoria, The University of Melbourne and Strive Student Health Initiative. Anna also served on the Future Health Leaders Council, which represents students and early-career professionals across multiple health disciplines.
Anna graduated as Valedictorian of the Master of Public Health degree at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her studies focused on public health leadership, gender and health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In a research capacity Anna has collaboratively published several papers on HIV prevention, cancer epidemiology and women’s health.
Social violence matters because … a society free from social violence is a society full of possibility. It is the possibility of lives saved, of pain avoided, of anguish and regret and sadness that is never felt, of young people contributing to their community and the economy, of apprenticeships and university courses finished instead of abandoned, of love experienced instead of being cut short.
Ben O’Toole – Education Officer
In 2007, Ben was a victim of a one-punch assault. He suffered a severe brain haemorrhage as a result of his head hitting the concrete. He was lucky enough to not only recover, but also retain all physical and cognitive abilities. In his role as Education Officer, Ben shares his story and educates young people on the dangers of social violence. Ben also holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree from the Australian Catholic University.
Social violence matters because…it doesn’t just impact the victim or the perpetrator. It impacts friends, families, co-workers, strangers, emergency workers, team mates, clubs, communities; it impacts everyone.
Hamish Stein – Corporate Partnerships Intern
After graduating from a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne in 2013, Hamish moved to London where he gained experience in both finance and primary energy industries. Having returned to the University of Melbourne in 2016 to study a Masters of Geology, Hamish joins the Step Back Think team in a voluntary capacity and will be focusing on developing corporate partnerships.
He was motivated to join Step Back Think after experiencing the loss of a close friend to an act of senseless violence, and by the desire to prevent similar events occurring in the future.
Social violence matters because … a single preventable act can irreversibly change so many lives.
Rosie Francis – Research Intern
Rosie is a law student at the University of Melbourne and is currently in her second year of the Juris Doctor. In addition to the intellectual stimulation that law provides, Rosie’s studies have opened her eyes to the diverse range of social and legal issues that are prevalent in today’s society. Her exposure to the law and interaction with a cohort of passionate peers has sparked an interest in social justice and advocacy; this encouraged Rosie to get involved with Step Back Think . As a volunteer research intern Rosie is hoping to marry her legal background with her interest in social violence prevention, and in doing so encourage discourse in the community of this preventable issue.
Social violence matters because…a momentary lapse in judgement can take away someone’s world and destroy your own. Let’s take a step back – think about the consequences of a mindless action and make the choice to save the victim, the community and the legal system from unnecessary heartache.
Lexi Walker – Research Intern
Lexi is a Master of Social Work student from Massey University in Auckland. She is currently completing a qualitative research project that aims to explore domestic violence workers’ experiences of working with male survivors of same-sex domestic violence via distance, in Melbourne.
Lexi brings a fantastic grasp of social issues and sensitive research experience to her role at Step Back Think. She will be crucial in shaping the evidence base over the coming month’s for our use of language to define social violence.
Social violence matters because…it captures the underlying problems we face regarding masculinity, power relationships and education in our society more broadly.
Virginia Krantz – Communications Coordinator
Virginia has recently completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing at RMIT. She has experience across social media marketing, communications and advertising. As Communications and Social Media Intern, Virginia hopes to use her communications and marketing experience to increase awareness and understanding of social violence.
Social violence matters because…the impacts are devastating, wide-reaching and preventable.
Eden Giagnorio – Campaign Intern
Eden is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Media and Communications with a minor in Gender Studies at The University of Melbourne. She has experience working in public relations, media, marketing and development.
Eden recognises the powerful role that media can play in changing hearts and minds and creating cultural change. As Campaign Intern, Eden hopes to harness her communications skills to advocate for Step Back Think and help create a society free from social violence.
Social violence matters because…we cannot afford to ignore it.
Step Back Think Board
John O’Donoghue – Chairperson
John has been a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 11 years. He is an assurance partner on listed and large multinational companies, including companies in the Mining and Energy industries.John brings financial reporting, risk management and corporate governance skills to the Board. He is passionate about the Step Back Think mission, both as a father of teenage children and as someone whose own life has been changed by social violence impacting on close friends.
Scott Holmes, Secretary
Scott has had an extensive and diverse career focussed on gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. Scott started his early-career as a librarian, is a trained Anglican Minister, worked as a Project Officer with the Darebin City Council, Healthy Workplaces Senior Advisor with the YMCA Victoria, presented to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Family – and has recently joined Our Watch, a national prevention organisation established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. Scott brings an incredible passion to the Step Back Think Board and crucial insight into the deeply embedded cultural practices of gender inequality and sexism that drive the rates of violence against women.
Dr Jennifer Pilgrim
Dr Jennifer Pilgrim is a Research Fellow and Head of the Drug Harm Prevention Unit at Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine. She is a Forensic Toxicologist and Public Health researcher with over ten years experience investigating the role of alcohol and other drugs in causing injury and death. She has published extensively in the medical literature and has presented her findings throughout the world. Jennifer’s research has stimulated public debate, engaged media and been directly responsible for changes in Australian policy and practice. Her research on alcohol-fuelled one-punch assaults was pivotal in the recent legislative changes introduced to tackle social violence in Australia and we are incredibly grateful for her contribution.
Jilly Charlwood is a marketing and communications professional with more than 10 years’ experience in producing social marketing and communications campaigns that engage communities and drive measurable behaviour change.
She is currently Director of Media and Communications at Our Watch, where she is responsible for leading large-scale social marketing campaigns to prevent violence against women and their children. Jilly’s previous roles have included leadership positions at WorkSafe Victoria, the Victoria State Emergency Service and the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Jilly is a passionate advocate for the role of social marketing in changing the attitudes, norms and behaviours that drive violence.