Good Night Out
- Raise the bar when it comes to safety by joining out global community of nightlife spaces;
- Nights out should be about fun and freedom, not fear;
- Our training and accreditation will support your staff to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is proud to partner with the Good Night Out Campaign to prevent and respond to sexual violence in all licensed venues.
Good Night Out Campaign began in the UK in 2014 as a grassroots response to sexual violence, with a focus on nightlife communities.
We believe that nights out should be about fun and freedom, not fear.
We deliver an accreditation program to licensed premises, which supports those who work in or run venues, pubs, bars, clubs and festivals to better understand, respond to and ultimately prevent sexual harassment and assault in their spaces.
Training and accreditation
Accreditation is a simple, three step process to help you transform how your venue, pub, bar, club or music festival responds to sexual harassment and assault. Join our global community of nightlife spaces raising the bar when it comes to safety!
Step 1: Venue agreement and policy
First, we look at what you are already doing, and provide a best practice policy document for your premises which includes in-depth information about legal aspects and licensing which you can adapt to your venue’s needs. The premises manager signs a venue agreement with a series of action points.
Step 2: Training
Our core 2 hour training session is entitled 'Understanding and Responding to Sexual Harassment and Assault in Licensed Premises' and covers a range of key topics in a sensitive yet interactive way, for up to 20 participants in one sitting.
This is an interactive and accessible workshop delivered by sensitive but dynamic facilitators! The session is evaluated so we can share our outcomes with you and builds a team-wide understanding of what GNO policy and procedure means for each member of staff’s job description.
Themes addressed include:
- What do we mean by sexual harassment and assault?
- What’s the best ‘whole-of-team’ approach to handling sexual violence in a licensed space?
- Racism, homophobia and sexual harassment
- What are the barriers to reporting an incident to a member of staff and how do we remove or reduce those barriers?
- How can we help create an environment that doesn’t tolerate harassment?
- De-escalation techniques and responding carefully to shock and trauma
Step 3: Communicating
We provide our full colour, globally-recognised posters and a signed certificate for behind the bar, all of which help communicate a clear message that encourages reporting, lets customers know your staff are trained appropriately, and can be co-branded with your logos.
Our training approach
At Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, we recognise that adults bring a wealth of knowledge and individual experiences to the learning environment. Every workshop utilises adult learning principles, as per the Principles for Best Practice for 21st Century Education (Nichols, 2002).
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia trainers are social workers, psychologists, and educators. They are experienced trainers in causes, consequences and primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence causes.
All facilitators are trained to safely and compassionately respond to disclosures and refer onward to state based services.
All training programs are audited regularly to ensure the information provided is evidence-based and current.
Programs can be tailored based on the needs of each organisation and can be delivered to clinical and non-clinical audiences.