Bystander Intervention

What it is:

Bystander intervention is about preventing and de-escalating potentially violent incidents. It is the willingness to take action and help someone in time of need.

Why we talk about the bystander:

  • We all witness language and behavior that can be defined as hurtful, harmful, or potentially illegal.
  • Makes everyone part of a successful intervention strategy and approach to prevention.
  • Bystanders can elicit social influence and exert positive peer pressure (Social Norms).

Bystander Approach:

Approach: Proactive
When: Before a person has acquired risk factors for perpetrating or before abuse has occurred.
Focus on: Individuals, Communities, Organizations, Systems or Social Norms.

Did you know?

According to the NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center), 1 out of 4 women on all college campuses across the United States will be victims of Dating/Intimate Partner Violence.

Dating and Intimate Partner Violence can take the form of:

  • Physical violence
  • Verbal abuse, sexual pressure, rape
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial or religious control

Find more information here about bystander intervention tips and strategies

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