Training: bystander intervention

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Training: bystander intervention

  • Ethical bystanders are critical in preventing sexual, domestic and family violence;
  • This workshop can help staff overcome the factors which can stop someone from ethically intervening;
  • Participants will 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

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.

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