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How bystanders (like you) can help stop domestic violence

Saturday 6th July 2024

Robyn Westgate shares her journey from domestic violence survivor to advocate, highlighting the crucial role of bystanders in preventing abuse.
29 minutes

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From Survivor to Advocate: Robyn Westgate's Journey

Episode Overview

  • Understanding the bystander effect can help overcome the tendency to stay silent.
  • Training programmes can empower individuals to act in situations of domestic violence.
  • Small actions by bystanders can have a significant impact on victims' lives.
  • Education is key to changing societal attitudes towards domestic violence.
  • Personal stories like Robyn's highlight the importance of speaking up.
One little thing has such an impact on people's lives. You've got no idea.
Robyn Westgate's story is one of resilience and transformation. After enduring years of domestic violence and serving 17 years in prison for the murder of her husband, Robyn has turned her traumatic past into a mission to help others. In this gripping episode of 'All In The Mind', she shares her journey from a domestic violence survivor to a consultant running training programmes aimed at reducing domestic violence.
The focus is on the importance of bystanders and how they can play a crucial role in preventing abuse. Robyn explains that often people don't know how to step in or are too afraid to do so, but with the right training, anyone can make a difference. The episode also explores the psychological concept of the bystander effect, where people are less likely to help in an emergency when others are present.
Social psychologist Professor Catherine Sanderson provides insights into why this happens and how understanding these factors can help overcome them. The host, Sana Khadar, and producer Fiona Pepper dive deep into these themes, making it clear that speaking up can save lives. This episode is not just about raising awareness; it's about empowering individuals to take action. If you've ever wondered how you can make a difference in situations of domestic violence, this episode offers practical advice and emotional support.
It's a powerful reminder that even small actions can have a significant impact.