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 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 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