Be a Disruptor
Join the DISRUPTOR! training programme
In partnership with The University of Exeter and endorsed by Public Health England, Press Red is launching an Intervention Initiative, designed to mobilise and empower those who are observing or standing by.
The Bystander training programme, DISRUPTOR!, comprises a six hour training with flexible methods of delivery ( 2 sessions online and one in person, or a full day in person training, or three two hour in person sessions).
At the end of the training, participants will know how to respond to abuse, to recognise sexism, know that they are not alone and become skilled in how to challenge their mates without it turning into a confrontation.
We believe that this is something that will be transformational in the lives of those who go through the programme and be an agent of lasting change, ultimately meaning that women can live their lives in safety.
To register your interest, sign up by clicking the button below!
Spot the signs
In an intimate relationship or friendship, it can be challenging to know whether you are being harmed, especially if your partner says they love you, gives you a lot of attention, or pays for the shopping or rent. People who act abusively also can sometimes act loving and supportive as a way to keep you in the relationship, but their ‘loving’ actions does not mean that their abusive behaviour is ok.
Some of the signs are:
Keeping track of everything you do
– Monitoring what you’re doing all the time or asking where you are and who you’re with every second of the day
– Demanding your passwords to social media sites and email accounts
– Requesting that you reply right away to texts, emails, or calls
– Preventing or discouraging you from seeing friends or family
– Preventing or discouraging you from going to work or school
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Don’t Remain Silent
If you see a mate abusing a woman or being disrespectful – don’t ignore it or look the other way. If it is safe to do so, speak to him and urge him to seek help. Silence is violence.
Use Your Voice
Speak up at work, at the football, in the pub. Use your voice to advocate for women’s safety and call out inappropriate behaviour.
Speak to the women in your life about their experiences and their fears. Create a space where they can feel comfortable sharing with you and truly listen to them.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Have the courage to question your own attitudes and behaviours. Don’t be defensive if someone calls you in. Seek to understand why you behave the way you do and work to change attitudes or actions that may perpetuate sexism and violence.