Think Prevent  – a bystander intervention program focused on preventing violence against women, puts faith leaders, men and women from culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse backgrounds, at the heart of prevention efforts. Everyone has a role to play in the prevention of violence against women, and while no one can do everything, everyone can do something

Educate yourself

What if you could stop violence before it starts? You can. Learn how to tackle, safely and effectively, harassment, sexism and intimate partner violence

A bystander is a person who observes a conflict or unacceptable behaviour. It might be something serious or minor, one-time or repeated, but the bystander knows that the behaviour is destructive or likely to make a bad situation worse. An empowered bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation

People in a bystander role often describe feeling unsure or afraid to say or do something in the face of abuse or violence. Yet in many situations there are a variety of opportunities, and numerous people who can choose to intervene – friends, families, work colleagues, teachers, religious leaders, and witnesses that surround any act or pattern of abuse, thus offering an opportunity to also address behaviours before violence takes place

Chances are you have a friend, sister, work colleague or neighbour who will be affected by violence. The question is, how good of a friend, brother, sister or neighbour are we going to be?

Equip yourself

Become an empowered bystander. Learn how to safely and effectively intervene and contribute to a change in the social acceptability of discrimination, sexism and violence, by registering for one of our Think Prevent Workshops today

Empower others

Preventing men’s violence against women requires leadership and action from everyone. You can take the first step by sharing this information with family and friends, or discussing strategies with your friends that you can use collectively next time you see a situation you’re uncomfortable with. By taking a stand against violence supportive attitudes and behaviours you are leading the way for others to step up as well

Program Director

Think Prevent utilises the National Plan to reduce  Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and, Bystander Intervention to advance violence prevention across faith communities

Dr Boddé received her PhD from the University of Auckland in 2007. She is a qualified teacher with a Cert IV in training and assessment

For information please contact Dr Boddé, thinkprevent@gmail.com or 0450 039288