Community Based Train the Trainer – Division 9, Gold Coast



Gender-based violence is a national crisis in our country.

  • In Australia, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. (AIHW, 2018)
  • 1 in 4 women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner. (ABS 2016)
  • 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence. (AIHW, 2018)
  • Intimate partner violence causes more illness, disability, and deaths than any other risk factor for women aged 25–44. (AIHW, 2018)​
  • Almost two in five women (39%) and just over one in four men (26%) have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the past five years. (Respect@Work report, 2020)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to have experienced workplace sexual harassment than people who are non-Indigenous (53% and 32% respectively). (Respect@Work report, 2020)
  • Domestic and Family Violence has profound ripple effects that impact on children and young people. Recent research shows that over 40% of young people reported being exposed to domestic violence in childhood, and this increases vulnerability to other forms of abuse (Matthews, et al., 2023).

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is a shocking reality for Australia that is preventable. It does not separate itself from our personal or professional lives. This means that it is the responsibility of every one of us to be educated; to be empowered; and to be someone who does something.

The Division 9 Community is no more or less prone to incidents of domestic, family and sexual violence or sexual harassment than the rest of Australia, however in partnership with Griffith University’s MATE Bystander Program and Disrupting Violence Beacon, the Division 9 community have the opportunity to be a pioneer in trialing a new community lead approach to the elimination of Domestic and Family Violence.


We are looking for up to 30 community members to volunteer their time to become a MATE Accredited Trainer and deliver Bystander workshops across your community (approximately two per month). You will be provided with all the necessary resources, manuals and support required to mobile people in your community to become effective bystanders in the prevention of violence.

By being an effective bystander we can all contribute to a world that is equal, safe and free from violence.

MATE Bystander workshops begin with a discussion around leadership and highlight participant’s capacity as leaders, to step forward in difficult circumstances and recognise that the change starts within each of us. MATE utilises scenario-based activities to ensure participants recognise problematic behaviour in varying contexts and can practically apply the bystander approach and framework, to real-life examples.

MATE Cultural Change Workshops clearly explain Gender Based Violence and how we can all work to eliminate this in our society. Importantly, participants are provided with the tools to promote positive and equal environments and contribute to the long-term cultural change we need to ensure we prevent violence, abuse and discrimination for generations to come.

Course content that you would deliver to your community:

Personal leadership​- Unpacking leadership and recognising the important role employees play as personal leaders in the workplace.

The Bystander​- Barriers for bystanders intervening, the bystander framework and applying these to your workplace specific scenarios.

What is Domestic Violence – Unpacking Power and Control

What lies beneath violence?

  • Gender Stereotypes,
  • Language and Jokes,
  • The Gender Pay Gap,
  • Objectification and Representation of Women
  • Victim Blaming and Shaming

The Continuum of Gender Based Violence. – Understanding as a leader, we need to get ourselves off the continuum and as an effective bystander how to support everyone around us to get off the continuum too.

If you are passionate about equality and ending Domestic and Family Violence, can attend four days of training and are willing to train others in your community we want you. Your community and children need you. Please reach out at mate@griffith.edu.au