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).
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.