Everyone is a bystander at some time. A bystander is someone who observes a conflict or unacceptable behavior. It might be a situation of bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment, abuse or violence. A bystander know the situation is destructive. Or likely to make a bad situation worse. Why not embrace your ability in 2016 to make a positive change by turning passive bystander behavior around.
Our Active Bystander Intervention (ABI) workshops offer skill-building opportunities - helping you intervene safely and effectively when responding to harmful situation. Former participants are now working in their home churches and local communities with greater confidence and effectiveness to prevent gender violence from occurring in the first place. Read some of their stories here.
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Most have heard the adage that prevention is far better than cure. To this end, Dr Ree Boddé and her dedicated team, continue to promote ABI, most recently among the leadership of St Thomas' Werribee and St Mary's Anglican Church Woodend and, exploring with leadership pathways to embed ABI in their local setting. To book Think Prevent for a consultation to promote violence prevention in your community simply complete our on line form
Reminder of events coming up:
Jan 27 - St John's Anglican Church, Footscray. South Sudanese leadership facilitator ABI training
Feb 6 - St Andrews, Corio with St Thomas' Anglican Church, Werribee. Karen leadership facilitator ABI training
Feb 7 - Christ Church, South Yarra. Dr Ree Boddé will join the Sunday congregation to talk to the leadership about their role in the prevention of gender violence and abuse.
- Think Prevent Annual Report An excerpt: since June 2015 Think Prevent was viewed 4,400 time. If it were a NY subway train it would take 4 trips to carry that many people. Most visitors come from Australia. United States and England not far behind
- # ThinkPREVENT Campaign Unite against abuse by posting a selfie on instagram, twitter or facebook with your best move to end violence against women. Further details here
- Blog Home truths: violence against women is a men's issue.
- Coming soon - online bystander scenarios to allow you to explore the consequences of various approaches in a variety of situations
If you would like to show case the violence prevention work of your community or submit any success (or partial success) that you've had as an active bystander click here .
Think Prevent is edited by Rosemary McCoy and Jill Graham; information is issued by Kempster Consultants. The inclusion of information about events, links, and reports within the e-Newsletter is not necessarily endorsed or supported by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, its program partners Brotherhood of St Laurence or Anglicare Victoria
For further information contact: Dr Ree Boddé (M) 0450039288. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org