If you witness violence, don’t be aggressive or violent.
Always keep yourself and others safe. Call 000 in an emergency.
If you witness a violent act – such as a man assaulting a woman in the street - 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 she needs help. Ask:
- "Are you okay, do you need a taxi?"
- Make the man feel noticed and, and offer practical assistance to the woman.
- Say something to the man: "Hey, what are you doing?" "That’s not on, mate," and so on.
- 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.
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