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 a successful intervention strategy and approach to prevention
- Bystanders can elicit social influence and exert positive peer pressure (Social Norms)
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 NSRV, 1 out of 4 women on all college campuses across the US 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