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Rise Above the Pack recognised for preventing violence against women

Media release

23 November 2016

The Rise Above the Pack campaign today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Rise Above the Pack is a positive bystander intervention project that aims to increase awareness of the role that everyone can play in preventing violence against women and creating safer public spaces.

“Our campaign is about encouraging men to call out bad behaviour from other men, while shifting away from a victim-blaming culture,” said YWCA Adelaide’s Chief Executive Officer, Liz Forsyth.

“It encourages men and women to challenge attitudes and behaviours that underpin violence against women, such as sexist jokes in the workplace or street harassment, through a positive bystander approach.”

YWCA Adelaide runs public awareness campaigns by profiling male leaders in the community who speak out about respecting women, and delivers Bystander Intervention Workshops to government departments, corporate and community groups across South Australia.

“We are incredibly proud of the level of community engagement we have achieved with the Rise Above the Pack campaign, and the partnerships we have with local and state government, Adelaide businesses, and the broader community,” said Ms Forsyth.

“We are honoured to be receiving this award.

“YWCA Adelaide has long been involved in program and advocacy work to achieve gender equality and we are thrilled to be recognised for our work in the area of the violence prevention in our community.”

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects

“Rise Above the Pack is an innovative approach to protecting women from violence in public places by increasing awareness of the role that everyone can play in preventing violence against women and creating safer public spaces,” acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

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