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Change Starts with You

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

Violence Against Women is Preventable

Youth Resource Campaign Scenario 3

You are on the train and notice a group of young boys whistling and catcalling at a young girl sitting across from you. You can see that the young girl is feeling uncomfortable. Do you:(Required)

Congratulations on taking a step towards being an active bystander.

On this page we have put together some information and tips on simple but significant actions you can take to call-out harmful behaviours and attitudes in your everyday settings.

Be part of the solution

A bystander is someone who sees or hears about an act of sexism, harassment, discrimination, or any other form of inappropriate or violent behaviour.

People who witness this behaviour (but are not involved either as perpetrators or victims/survivors) are in a position to be powerful allies in challenging sexist and discriminatory behaviours and attitudes.

Bystander action refers to ‘how’ a bystander calls out, or engages others in responding to incidences of violence, sexism, harassment, or discrimination. There is no ‘right way’ to be an active bystander. Depending on the situation at hand, various forms of intervention can be deployed, and a bystander should consider their own comfort and safety above all else.

Now that you know what you can do as a bystander, tell us if you will be an active bystander when you see or hear harmful, inappropriate, or violent behaviours.

Active bystander, gender & age form

I will be an active bystander(Required)
What do you identify as?
What is your age group?

Youth Resource

Download the Youth Resource “Change Start with You” for more information.

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DPV Health Support Services

Counselling and Psychology 

At DPV Health our team of social workers, psychologists, and mental health nurses offer a safe, respectful, and confidential service to suit your individual needs. You can talk to these professionals about many issues, including family violence. We offer face-to-face counselling, casework and group work in a respectful, empathic, non-judgmental way. Our services may help you to manage stress, find a way to cope, build on strengths, develop healthier lifestyles, and explore alternative solutions to the issues you are facing. We can also refer you to other services that are specialised in family violence. To find out more information, click here.

Men’s Behaviour Change Program 

To help address loneliness and feelings of isolation and to help understand family violence, DPV Health offers a 20-week intensive and supportive program that helps individuals understand coercive behaviours and the causes and impact of family violence. The program helps you to make changes to be a better partner/ex-partner or father, overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation, and support your community inclusion.

This program is suitable for men who want to identify, understand, and take responsibility for their abusive behaviours. It is an opportunity to learn new ways to deal with anger without violence, and enhance self-control, self-care, and the safety of your partner and children.

To find out more information, click here.  For more information or to book an appointment with our experienced team, call 1300 234 263 and select option 4.

Get Help and Support

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family violence or any other kind of abuse, reach out for help. Is someone in danger now? Call 000 for an emergency. To find out more about the support that is available, click here

To find out more on DPV Health’s support services, click here. To book an appointment, call 1300 234 263 or to send an enquiry, click here If you or anyone you know is experiencing family violence or any other kind of abuse, reach out for help.

Helpline Information

Name   Number Hours Services offered
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Confidential information, counselling and support service
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Support for people aged 5 – 25
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Support for mental health
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Relationship and family support for men and boys
WESNET 1800 937 638 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Women’s services network
Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Support for men who use violence and abuse
QLife Australia 1800 184 527 7 days

3pm – 12am

Peer support and referrals for LGBTIQ+ people


Name Number Hours Services offered
The Orange Door
1800 271 151 or via email:
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Free service for those experiencing family violence in the Hume/Moreland area
Safe Steps 1800 015 188
24 hours a day

7 days a week

24/7 family violence response centre
Djirra 1800 105 303
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Aboriginal women’s service
Switchboard Victoria 1800 184 527
Every day

10am – 6pm

Support for LGBTQI+ people
Women’s Legal Service Victoria 03 8622 0600


Tues & Thurs

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Free legal services for women
Women’s Information Referral Exchange 1300 134 130


24 hours a day

7 days a week

Information, support and referrals for women, non-binary and gender-diverse people
Women’s Housing Ltd (03) 9412 6868
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Helps women at risk of homelessness
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence (03) 9413 6500
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Family violence service, specialised in people from multicultural communities
Dardi Munwurro 1800 435 799


Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Healing and behavioural change for Aboriginal men and youth
Centre Against Sexual Assault 1800 806 292 After hours

5pm – 9am

Support and crisis line

Name Number Hours Services offered
Salvation Army Crossroads Family Violence Service (03) 9353 1011 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Crisis intervention and family violence refuge
Merri Health Victims Assistance Program 1300 362 739 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Helps people who have experienced violence
Women’s Information Support & Housing in the North (03) 8692 2020 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Support for those experiencing family violence or homelessness, or at risk of homelessness
Latrobe Community Health Service 1800 242 696 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Provides a variety of services


Do you have any more questions?

1300 234 263

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