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November 24, 2023 47 mins
Mission: to shift social support for attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, systems and practices that justify, excuse, trivialise or downplay violence against women.

If you, or someone you care about, need support please contact 1800 Respect on 1800 737 732.

For more information, connections and resources about preventing violence against women:

To connect with us and find out more:

To connect with Hala Abdelbour and the Institute of Non-Violence

Agents VS Excuses also features Sarah and Ethan from "What were you wearing?" - a community organisation fighting to end sexual violence. To find out more and get involved:

For a transcript of this episode click here

Music Credits
“A Timeless Journey”, “A Fascinating Feeling” “A Life Begins” “A Step Forward” “A Sentimental Start” “An Endless Horizon” “A Train Ride Away” and “A Deep Emotion” Eric Schwartz (SchwartzSound), “Ah 24 Hours” “PJ” “MC Jazzy Crunch in Da House” “Intro No Drums” Phil Okerstrom, “Waking Up” by Ali Goldstein, “Moments” by Shane Ivers, “Dark Documentary Solo Strings” and “Cinematic Cello“ by Orchestralis “Almost in F” “Long Note 2” “Bass Walker” “The Hive” “Thinking Music” “Master Disorder” “Unanswered Questions” “New Direction” “Clean Soul” and “Faster Does It” by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Episode Citations
“Bystander Response to an Assault: When a Man Attacks a Woman” Shotland and Straw, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 1976, Vol. 34, No. 5, 990-999
“Be aware to care: Public self-awareness leads to a reversal of the bystander effect” van Bommel, van Prooijen, Elffers and Van Lange, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 48 (2012) 926–930
"Would I Be Helped? Cross-National CCTV Footage Shows That Intervention Is the Norm in Public Conflicts", Philpot, Levine, Liebst, Bernasco and Lindegaard, American Psychologist 2020 Vol 75 No 1 66 - 75
“Group Cohesiveness, Social Norms, and Bystander Intervention” Gregory K. Rutkowski, Charles L. Cruder, and Daniel Romer. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1983, Vol. 44, No. 3, 545-552
Webster, K., Diemer, K., Honey, N., Mannix, S., Mickle, J., Morgan, J., Parkes, A., Politoff, V., Powell, A., Stubbs, J., & Ward, A. (2018). Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality. Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) (Research report, 03/2018). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.
“Putting the prevention of violence against women into practice: How to Change the story “ by Monique Keel (Our Watch), Jane Torney (Our Watch), Emma Fulu (The Equality Institute), Sarah McCook (The Equality Institute), Scott Holmes (Our Watch), Michelle Hunt (Our Watch), Yvonne Lay (Our Watch) and Cathy Warczak (Our Watch) 2017 Our Watch

Agents for Change has been funded through The Australian Government Department of Social Services through White Ribbon Australia and supported by Shellharbour City Council and Beyond Empathy.
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