Bystander Intervention -a violence prevention model for faith communities
- Issue 22
APRIL UPDATE 2017
I have fallen prey to the bystander effect - and so have you. I have sat on a crowded bus - like everyone else - while an elderly woman walked on, waiting for others sitting on the bus to give up their seat. Someone has to, and someone else will, on a bus full of people.
The bystander effect shadows even the simplest of moments.
You drive past a car accident and assume someone else has dialled 000. You enjoy long showers and don't try to limit yourself - other people will conserve resources, and you can afford to consume in excess. You like a post on Facebook denouncing a horrifying act, but your actions end there. There's no obligation to intervene when you're not the sole observer right.
The bystander effect makes a routine appearance in our lives. Often times, neglecting to intervene in a potential incident doesn't have catastrophic consequences.
There are multiple reasons you and I may not intervene. It can be anything from not thinking it's my business or not understanding the situation, We can even talk ourselves out of thinking we understand it. There's the fear of being an outcast, simply not knowing what to do and personal safety.
Intervention doesn't come with a manual and that's why 13 facilitators from culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse backgrounds are being equipped to help facilitate group discussion about safe interventions in situations that could immediately lead to violence. As well, strategies to interrupt a culture that is permissive of violence toward women.
Our goal is to reduce the incidence of gender violence in our communities by empowering people to intervene in safe and creative ways, rather than standing aside as passive bystanders.
Train-the-Trainer - August Intake
Link here to register your expression of interest to co-facilitate our Bystander Intervention Workshop to Prevent Violence against Women. Please note that our August intake for the train-the-trainer program is limited to 12 places so please register soon
Schedule a Workshop
If you would like to schedule a workshop for your organisation/ group complete an online inquiry here
Workshops & Events
APR 1 - Bystander Intervention Workshop - Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral Wangaratta. Details and Registration
MAY 3 - Yarra Interfaith Network - how do faiths grapple with gender equality and LGBDIQ rights. Details
JUN 7 - Holding the Light planning meet. Closed event
JUN 10 - Bystander Intervention - Hare Krishna Temple. Details
JUN 24 - Bystander Intervention Workshop - St Paul's Boronia. Details and Registration
JULY 8 - Train-the-Trainer. Sorry this workshop is now full.
OCT 24 - Launch of Faith Leader Facilitator Guide. Venue and Time T.B.C
NOV 12 - Bystander Intervention Workshop - Faith Communities Council of Victoria. Closed event
NOV 25 - Holding the Light - an ecumenical service to remember the victims & survivors of domestic violence. Details and Registration
Violence Prevention Resources
- Recent interventions used by former workshop participants
- Book Review Unholy Charade - unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church
- Bible Studies First man standing - Bible studies designed to help Christian men explore themes of masculinity and relationships to end violence against women - Restored Relationship
- Planning your events calendar? If you would like free copies of our promotional material, (maximum of 6 per order) link here
If you would like to show case the violence prevention work of your faith community or submit any success (or partial success) that you've had as an active bystander upload it here
Think Prevent is edited by Jill Graham & Em Timmins and information is issued by Kempster Consultants. The opinions, events, links, and reports within the e-Newsletter are not necessarily endorsed or supported by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, its program partners Brotherhood of St Laurence or Anglicare Victoria.
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