Bystander workshop to prevent violence

RISE: The workshops will be held next week, on Tuesday, April 24.
RISE: The workshops will be held next week, on Tuesday, April 24.

Two workshops aimed at preventing violence against women and making the community safer will be held at the Port Lincoln Library on April 24.

The ‘Rise Above the Pack’ workshops, run by the YWCA Adelaide, aim to increase the confidence of bystanders to stand up and speak out in situations where the safety of women and other marginalised groups is in question.

YWCA Adelaide community services manager Jemma Taylor said the workshops would allow people to change the conversation from victim blaming to refocus on the accountability of the perpetrator.

“These workshops aim to equip communities to prevent violence against women by providing strategies to help individuals feel confident to be active bystanders by challenging disrespectful behaviour and attitudes and speaking up against violence,” Ms Taylor said. 

The workshop will also educate participants about how gender inequality operates in social, cultural and workplace contexts, and how gender inequality is linked to violence against women. 

Topics covered will include violence against women, perceptions of safety and violence, attitudes and behaviour towards victims and perpetrators, media and cultural norms, and understanding bystander intervention and the bystander effect. 

Starting at 10.30am and 2pm and running for three hours each, the workshops are free to attend and are open to all members of the public on Tuesday, April 24.

Call 8621 2345 to register your interest or speak to Louise Mrdjen at the Port Lincoln Library.