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October 14th, 2021Speak up

Macedon Ranges community is being called to action to speak up against sexist and abusive behaviours. Research demonstrates that being an active bystander can discourage perpetrators of sexist and abusive behaviour and at the same time supports the victim.

THE Macedon Ranges community is being called to action to speak up against sexist and abusive behaviours. Research demonstrates that being an active bystander can discourage perpetrators of sexist and abusive behaviour and at the same time supports the victim.
Two online active bystander training opportunities are being offered in the lead- up to the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
The 16 Days of Activism is a global movement raising awareness of and challenging gender-based violence. It runs from November 25, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women to December 10, the International Human Rights Day.
The first workshop on Tuesday, October 19, delivered by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, is an Introduction to Bystander Action. The workshop will introduce participants to the bystander effect, that is how social norms, exclusions and disadvantage is maintained through our collective silence. Participants will also explore bystander actions, including current examples and why people often don’t intervene.
The second workshop delivered by the Centre for Non-Violence is on Tuesday, October 26 and will provide participants with knowledge of the drivers of gender-based violence as well as the skills to recognise the signs of family violence, how to respond appropriately and refer survivors to appropriate local services.
For information on how to register for either workshop contact Rhani Dean-Talbett at Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health on 5421 1666 or healthpromotion@scchc.org.au.

Support for women:
Centre for Non-Violence – 5430 3000; Safe Steps – 1800 015 188
Support for children:
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Support for LGBTIQA+ community:
Rainbow Door – 1800 729 367
Support for men who use violence:
Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491



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