White Ribbon Day men’s breakfast at JewishCare

November 29, 2018 by Elana Bowman
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Dr Michael Salter’s informative and thought-provoking address at Sydney’s JewishCare  White Ribbon Day Men’s Breakfast was greatly appreciated by over 80 attendees.

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Dr Michael Salter is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Western Sydney University. His work is focused on the intersections of gender, violence and culture and the ways in which violence is made meaningful by victims, perpetrators, and other

During his talk Michael had the following advice and tips:

  • Listen to and give advice to victims, don’t trivialise.
  • Notice behaviours and attitudes and intervene

He also advised on the practices of care:

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    Intervene in ways that take care of yourself, the perpetrator and the victim

  • Model transformative relations – show respect, look for the pain underneath the harm
  • Violence is so available to men and boys, we need to replace it with something else
  • Authority and leadership can be grounded in listening and connecting to others, understanding them, and seeking to address shared needs.
He said: ”Violence is like a virus but so is non-violence. They both spread. Start little, start with your family, your friends, your community. Watch it blossom.”

JewishCareNSW has been hosting the WhiteRibbonDay Men’s Breakfast for a number of years, with the attendance growing each year, especially younger men who are raising issues in their own social circles.


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