Our Vision

A society free from social violence.

Our Mission

To drive cultural change to end social violence.

Our Values

  • Camaraderie
  • Passion
  • Determination
  • Exploration

About us

Step Back Think is an anti-violence charity focused on the prevention of social violence, which is actual or threatened physical violence between strangers, acquaintances or friends. Our mission to drive cultural change to end social violence is guided by our three pillars:

We take a public health approach to the prevention of social violence by educating young people, raising awareness, and creating change at local and policy level.

Our Story


Step Back Think started because of James Macready-Bryan, known to his friends as MB. He was a courageous footballer, life of the party and the least violent type of guy. He was out celebrating his 20th birthday when he was hit by a stranger in an unprovoked attack, smashing his head on the ground and shattering his future.

A decade has passed since his assault and James’ friends have finished university degrees, established careers and become married with children. James has missed out on all of that. He is alive today but he’s not really living, spending his days in permanent care. That is no place for a young person to grow old.

James’ experience isn’t unique. Social violence impacts one in four men in Australia and only the worst cases make the news.

To prevent social violence, James’ friends banded together to form Step Back Think.

“We believe young people should be out having the time of their lives, not fighting for it in hospital wards.”

Join us on the journey to end social violence.

What is social violence?

Social violence is actual or threatened physical violence between strangers, acquaintances or friends. This can include one-punch assaults, pub brawls or fights in the street, sporting field or school yard.

We know that social violence is prevalent in Australian society, although it can often go unreported. Many instances of social violence result in serious injury and sometimes death.

The harms extend beyond the health and psychological consequences for the victim, with far reaching social, legal and economic costs to the broader community.