Who we are

Undercurrent is a non-profit organisation focused on building healthy relationships and challenging beliefs and actions that enable violence, with an emphasis on interpersonal and gendered violence.

Based in the western suburbs of Melbourne we are a diverse and experienced team who run engaging, discussion-based workshops with secondary schools, community groups, organisations, TAFE/VE, universities, and for the public.

We develop and deliver comprehensive programs that cover healthy relationships, family violence and sexual assault, gender and sexuality, support and accountability, and consent and communication. In all our programs we prioritise support for people who have experienced or are experiencing violence.

Our project is informed by transformative justice and intersectional feminism, and by an analysis of the particular ways violence occurs in LGBTIQ+ relationships. 

Some of us are also individually involved in projects that facilitate community-based responses to family and sexual violence, using transformative justice frameworks to create different pathways than those leading to the criminal, legal and prison systems.

Our team:

Anne-lise Ah-fat

Anne-lise Ah-fat is a community organiser, mother of two, facilitator and educator who is passionate about transformative justice and empowering people to create change around sexual assault and abuse. She is a co-founder of Undercurrent Community Education Project and also co-directed its previous incarnation, A World Without Sexual Assault, from 2007. Anne-lise also works as therapeutic family violence practitioner with LGBTIQ+ peoples, a men's behaviour change practitioner, family violence consultant, counsellor, and trainer. Anne-lise is passionate about accountability, malleefowl and co-ordinates Incendium Radical Library and IRL Infoshop. As an educator, Anne-lise works with persons of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and believes that social change can only occur collectively.

Anita Thomasson

Anita has been a co-director of Undercurrent Community Education Project and its previous incarnation, A World Without Sexual Assault, since 2007. She worked and volunteered at McAuley Care Domestic Violence Crisis Accomodation and facilitated workshops with the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault’s ‘Respect, Protect, Connect’ program for 3 years from 2011-2013. She is a radio presenter with 3CR community radio focusing on women’s issues and volunteers as a migration agent with a family and refugee support agency. She is passionately committed to working towards an end to gendered violence, for Indigenous and refugee rights, and for the empowerment of women and young people to determine their own lives and work to change the world around them.

Alice McDonald

Alice McDonald is a non-binary person who has been volunteering with Undercurrent since 2016. Alice is the training co-ordinator and social media manager for Undercurrent. Outside of Undercurrent, Alice is an academic researcher who conducts research into non-binary and queer gender categories and the lived experiences of non-binary and queer people. Alice is passionate about community education and transformative justice, and they have a particular interest in educating young people around gender and sexuality.