Think Prevent  – a bystander intervention education and leadership training program, focused on preventing family violence and violence against women, that puts people at the heart of prevention efforts. Everyone has a role to play in the prevention of violence 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, domestic and relationship violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault

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 domestic and relationship violence, sexual harassment and  sexual assault 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 violent 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