Violence prevention

YWCA Canberra delivers a range of training and education options that help prevent and respond to violence against women in the community and in our workplaces.

Active Bystander Intervention Workshops

Our Active Bystander Intervention Workshops invite workplaces to play a leadership role in preventing violence against women. Our evidence-based interactive three-hour workshop explores the link between gender inequality and violence against women. Upon completion participants will be empowered with practical tools and strategies to create safer and more respectful workplaces and communities.

Bystander approaches are the interventions that support individuals to intervene in violence, harassment or other anti-social behaviour in order to prevent and reduce harm to others. Research shows that bystander approaches are an effective way of preventing violence against women, especially domestic and family violence, sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal violence.

When workplace employees are skilled as active bystanders it also helps address:

  • Destructive workplace behaviours, including workplace bullying which contribute to gender inequality.
  • A hostile work environment where sexual harassment at workplace takes place.

Our three-hour workshop covers the following topics:

  • Understanding violence against women
  • Perceptions of safety and violence
  • Discriminatory attitudes and victim blaming – how attitudes towards sexual harassment and bullying are impacting community safety
  • The role of media and cultural norms
  • Practical bystander intervention tools and strategies – to assist in identifying what you can do if you witness inappropriate behaviour in your workplace

To find out more contact our team at Respect@ywca-canberra.org.au.

Workplace Equality and Respect Standards Training

The Workplace Equality and Respect Standards were developed by Our Watch with funding from the Victorian Government. The Workplace Equality and Respect Standards Training provides flexible and adaptable guidance on:

  • Best-practice actions workplaces can take to embed gender equality and respect in the workplace
  • Bringing together existing work related to the prevention of violence against women and gender equality
  • Establishing goals and directions for future work

Workplace Equality and Respect Training will embed a long-term commitment to organisational change that is regularly reviewed, updated and progressed.

In addition to the five Standards, the Workplace Equality and Respect website includes a suite of tools and resources to support organisations’ work towards the Standards. Training is a key recommended action for organisations working towards the Workplace Equality and Respect Standards. There are four training sessions designed for:

  • Senior executive teams
  • Management teams
  • All staff
  • Staff groups leading the implementation of the Workplace Equality and Respect Standards

To find out more contact our team at Respect@ywca-canberra.org.au.

Putting the prevention of violence against women into practice: how to Change the Story

Based on Change the story: a shared national framework the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, this half or full-day workshop explores how to change the underlying norms, practices and structures in society that drive violence against women.

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • The prevalence and impacts of violence against women
  • The link between gender inequality and violence against women
  • What primary prevention of violence against women is
  • The evidence on what drives violence against women
  • The actions required to prevent violence against women and the role that everyone can play in prevention
  • Applying an intersectional approach to primary prevention work
  • Best practice examples of primary prevention activities
  • Our Watch’s role in leading the primary prevention of violence against women across Australia.

If you want to lead change in your workplace or community, get in touch.

To find out more contact our team at Respect@ywca-canberra.org.au.

Respectful Relationships

We know that primary prevention is critical to ending violence against women – equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need to have respectful relationships.

Our Respect Ed program caters to young people from primary school age through to adulthood. The key resources under this program include:

  • Teaching Respect Ed: A two-day training course for educators to be up-skilled in the delivery of primary prevention programs. This comprehensive course includes the theoretical framework for effective primary prevention, program planning for specific school environments, and training in the delivery of YWCA Canberra’s respectful relationships programs. This program has been accredited for 8 hours of professional learning through the ACT Teacher Quality Institute.
  • Respect, Communicate, Choose (RCC):An award-winning, evidence based respectful relationships program that is aligned with best practice for primary prevention programs and has been designed to align with the National Curriculum. The program is targeted at young people aged 9-12, and is delivered over eight weeks, with one session per week. The program covers topics including respect, communication, diversity, gender equality and how to be an active bystander. At the end of the program, participants are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to engage with and recognise respectful relationships.RCC has been delivered to 900 students in Canberra and Adelaide, and has been externally evaluated by the University of Queensland.
  • Relationship Things:
    Relationship Things builds on RCC, and is a respectful relationships program aimed at young people aged 14-18. Also aligned with best practice for primary prevention, Relationship Things is delivered over eight weeks, with one session per week, and covers topics including respect, relationships, communication, diversity, gender equality, respect in an online environment, safe sex and consent.Relationship Things was updated in 2014, and includes a comprehensive training program for teachers and facilitators.
  • Relationship Things Online:
    Relationship Things Online is an online respectful relationships resource for young people aged 14-18, that explores topics around respect, communication, gender equality, diversity, safe sex and consent. Launched in August 2015, the resource uses interactive activities to get users thinking about their own values and identity, and how to engage in respectful relationships.

Our work in this area has been recognised through the following awards:

  • 2013 ACT Partners in Prevention Award – Community Category for Respect, Communicate and Choose
  • 2014 ACT Partners in Prevention Award, Community Category for Relationship Things – Resource Development
  • 2015 ACT Children’s Week Significant Contribution Award – For Making Extraordinary Contributions to Young People
  • 2016 ACT Violence Prevention Award – finalist Sport – Respect Champions
  • 2016 Yogie Award (Youth Coalition of the ACT) – recognizing, celebrating, promoting and rewarding outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT – Innovation in Service Delivery Award- YWCA Canberra’s Youth LGBTQIA+ and Allies Prom
  • 2016 NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards ACT – For Inspiring Prevention Initiatives – Relationship Things
  • 2016 NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards ACT – For Inspiring Prevention Initiatives – Child Aware Local Initiatives

To find out more contact our team at Respect@ywca-canberra.org.au.