Training: bystander intervention

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We all have a role in preventing sexual, domestic and family violence. Learn to be an ethical bystander and intervene in ways that positively impact the event and its outcome.

This workshop can help staff overcome the factors which can stop someone from ethically intervening. Participants will also learn how to engage in safe methods of intervention.

What is an ethical bystander?

An ethical bystander is an individual whose behaviour intervenes in ways that positively impact the event and its outcome.

We all have a role when it comes to preventing sexual, domestic and family violence.

Offensive jokes, derogatory language, and sexual harassment create an environment in which rape, abuse and assault become permissible.

Jokes and language affect how we perceive these issues, and in turn how we respond.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify jokes, derogatory language and harassing behaviours which can normalise violence;
  • Understand the legal context of violent and harassing behaviours;
  • Recognise when someone needs help;
  • Gain skills in safe intervention methods;
  • Understand boundaries and reporting pathways.

The workshop includes complex case studies that focus participants on developing solutions based on the needs of the person experiencing violence.

Duration Appropriate for Maximum participants
2 hours Students, staff, managers, supervisors, team leaders, People & Culture / Human Resources teams 20

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