Stepping Up In The Prevention Of Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way when it comes to bystander intervention to prevent family violence.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence today launched new research from Deakin University that outlines what drives and encourages people to intervene when they witness sexist behaviour.

The research demonstrates that calling out sexist behaviour is effective in preventing family violence and promoting gender equality.

It also recommends that the Government trials innovative programs to promote bystander intervention.

Bystander intervention requires individuals to recognise and interrupt harmful situations. This might include overhearing and responding to a sexist joke, or calling out harassment or controlling behaviour.

Today’s research will be used to inform the next phase of the Bystanders for Primary Prevention Program in partnership with VicHealth which will empower Victorians to call out discrimination and disrespect when they see it.

The program will try new ways to support Bystander interventions in the prevention of family violence and violence against women. This includes ways to make intervention simpler.

To read the Deakin University report, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins

“Everyone has a role to play to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. Calling out disrespectful or discriminatory behaviour starts with each of us.”

“This research will inform our next phase of prevention work so all Victorians can live a life free from violence.”