Everyone can be Active Bystanders.
Do you know the root causes of violence against women and their children? Do you understand the role of power and control in abusive relationships? Are you able to explain how sexist jokes or comments contribute to violence against women?
These issues are complicated and can be confronting. It can take time and commitment to feel confident trying to be an active bystander, and learning more about prevention strategies can help. Read more about making the link between gender equality and violence against women or check out what other online campaigns are saying about violence prevention. Continue reading
It’s important to be able to recognise opportunities to step in and say something to prevent violence. The easiest place to do this is when you see sexist attitudes or behaviour at play. There are a range of strategies bystanders can use to interrupt situations and provide opportunities to avoid violence. We run training sessions on these strategies and can help build your skills in effectively intervening. Read more about our Mentors in Violence Prevention Training and consider hosting or attending an event. Follow us on social media to learn more.
Preventing men’s violence against women requires leadership and action from everyone. You can take the first step by sharing this information with family and friends, or discussing strategies with your friends that you can use collectively next time you see a situation you’re uncomfortable with. By taking a stand against violence supportive attitudes you are leading the way for others to step up to the cause as well.
Together we can create a critical mass of prevention that can eliminate men’s violence against women. It’s up to you to take the first step.
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