On April 2, Carlingford Baptist Church hosted a training on how bystanders can respond to incidences of domestic violence. The training was delivered by Vicki McPhee from BaptistCare and focused on the idea that when it comes to gender based violence, “Doing Nothing is Not OK”. The highly interactive session empowered bystanders to take action, whether direct or indirect, against the various forms of domestic violence and the mistreatment of women in society that underpins violence against women.
One of the most challenging things about the training for me was this recognition that under the tip of the iceberg (incidences of domestic violence), there is behaviour that society is saying is “ok” when it comes to the treatment of women. We looked at advertising that objectified women and glorified violence. We also discussed sayings such as “you throw like a girl” or “stop whinging like a girl”. I had to ask myself if I was being a bystander to this and what more could I do to stand up against this way of thinking and talking. As long as it is acceptable in society to degrade women, domestic violence will occur.
Thanks to Carlingford Baptist Church for hosting this highly informative and thought provoking training.