VicHealth: Review of bystander approaches

VicHealth is pleased to announce the release of the following publication:

Review of bystander approaches in support of preventing violence against women

Now available online at

By Dr Anastasia Powell

There is increasing interest in the potential role of the ‘bystander’ in preventing harmful behaviours and in promoting healthier communities.

This review focuses on bystander action in relation to preventing violence against women. It outlines the theories relating to bystander behaviour and examines a range of programs that are designed to increase pro-social bystander action. The review also sets out the principles for effective program development in this area, with a particular focus on the potential role of bystanders to influence peer cultures and social norms.

VicHealth will utilise the findings of the review to inform further research into the current capacity of individuals and organisations to undertake pro-social bystander action to prevent violence against women.  The research will also examine the barriers and enablers to bystander action and identify the strategies and settings through which bystanders can be best equipped and encouraged to take action.

The review is now available online at

For more information about the

VicHealth Preventing Violence Against Women Program:

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