Don't endanger your own safety. Call 000 in an emergency.
If you witness a violent act, you can:
- Call the police.
- Be a witness. Stand far enough away to be safe but close enough for the violent person to see you and be aware that they are being watched.
- Get others’ support. Ask others who are nearby to help.
- Verbally intervene. Tell the violent person clearly that their actions are not okay, they are a crime, and you are calling the police. Ask the victim if they need help.
- “Are you okay, do you need a taxi?”
- Say something to the man: “Hey, what are you doing?” “That’s not on, mate.”
- Stick around to make sure the situation has cooled down.
- Create a distraction – so that the abused person has time to get away or the perpetrator slows down or ceases their violence. For example, ask a man harassing a woman on the street for directions or the time.