Be More Than a Bystander - Break the Silence on Violence Against Women

Be More Than a Bystander - Break the Silence on Violence Against Women

“Be More Than a Bystander” is a groundbreaking initiative between the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) and the BC Lions aimed at substantially increasing awareness and understanding about the impact of men’s violence against women.


The United Steelworkers in District 3 are partnering with the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) in a ground-breaking initiative to “Break the Silence” on violence against women. The “Be More Than a Bystander” campaign is the result of a partnership between the Ending Violence Association of BC and the BC Lions Football Club that has trained over 100,000 people in British Columbia since 2011 on how to speak up and break the silence on violence against women. 

The campaign has also made two new films and numerous videos on the subject, won many awards, has reached over 800 million impressions on social and mainstream media and has been profiled by the United Nations at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. 

Working together, EVA BC and the BC Lions have developed and delivered a number of three-day intensive train the trainer courses and developed sector specific tailored programs that raise awareness and change attitudes. Some of the other groups they have trained and supported the implementation of the Bystander program include the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Amateur Football, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Simon Fraser University, and others. 

In order to ensure USW leaders and the entire organization are confident and ready to take on this important work, intensive training will be developed and delivered to build skills, competencies, abilities and analysis to prepare spokesmen for their roles as leaders for the organization in this program.

After the intensive training, the successful applicants will be equipped to lead sessions in USW locals and workplaces.

The curriculum will cover the following:

Overview of Violence Against Women
• Understand the incidence of sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual harassment in Canada
• Understand the historic role of women’s leadership in this area
• Understand the partnerships this program is built upon
• Understand the basics of the psychological impacts of gender-based violence to build empathy
• Understand why women rarely come forward
• Understand the various impacts on communities such as Indigenous women, immigrant and refugee women, women who live with disabilities and others

Understanding the Response System
Have basic knowledge related to what anti-violence programs do:

  • Crisis response
  • Empowering approaches
  • Assisting with reporting
  • Supporting women to get medical attention
  • Making effective referrals and other advocacy

• Have basic skills to respond appropriately to a disclosure themselves in the immediate, such as during or after a presentation. They will know what to do, what to say and where to refer.
• Understand the laws surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault, including sexual consent.

The Bystander Model
Have in-depth understanding of the bystander intervention model including:

  • Why these are men’s issues
  • What role socialized masculinity plays towards violence in society
  • What is sexism and misogyny
  • The pressure to be tough and not empathic
  • Media literacy and understanding the role of media in establishing and maintaining social norms
  • The power of men stepping in and speaking up
  • The role of bystander intervention as a men’s leadership issue
  • Know what options there are to speak up/interrupt abuse and violence; with people they know and with strangers
The first training session will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School, February 13th to February 16th in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. All costs will be covered by the District.

The in-person training course will include participation from the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers players, who will be working in conjunction with an experienced EVA BC trainer.

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Application deadline is December 1, 2017



For further information:

Dayna Sykes, Education Coordinator, at 604-683-1117 or by email at dsykes@usw.ca.

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