Lace Up Against Social Violence is about the community working together to create safe social environments for everyone. This August, athletes at grassroots and professional levels will wear orange shoelaces to raise awareness and educate the community about social violence

Social violence includes one-punch attacks, pub brawls and street fights, and claimed the lives of 19 Australians in 2016.


Register your club


Lace Up is about the community working together to create safe social environments for everyone. Your club has the opportunity to start a discussion about violence, on and off the field.

By participating, your club will receive laces for your players to wear during Lace Up weekend (11-13 August) and education resources. The education module prompts a discussion at your club about how the playing group and staff can influence attitudes towards violence.

Let’s work together to make our community safer.

To receive an alert when registrations open, email your name and email address to

Run Melbourne

If your not part of a sporting club, you still have the opportunity to wear orange laces and fundraise for Step Back Think by participating in Run Melbourne.

Run Melbourne is a public fun run (5km, 10km or 21.1km) happening on Sunday 30 July 2017. Take in all of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks, enjoy the buzz of the live entertainment and help spread our anti-violence message.

Click here to find out more!


About Us

The Lace Up Against Social Violence Campaign is an initiative of Step Back Think, a pioneering not-for-profit organisation focused on the prevention of social violence. Step Back Think was formed by a group of friends after James Macready-Bryan was assaulted on his 20th birthday in 2006, suffering a permanent brain injury from which he will never recover. Our vision is to create a society free from social violence by educating young people, raising awareness and driving institutional change.

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