Bystander intervention

Bystander intervention

The bystander intervention model focuses on helping community members understand and become more sensitive to issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by teaching prevention and interruption skills. The bystander role includes interrupting situations that could lead to assault before it happens or during an incident; speaking out against social norms that support sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; and having skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors.

Be A Bystander Who Intervenes!


The Women’s Center is dedicated to providing trainings and workshops related to bystander intervention. If you are interested in hosting a presentation for your group or organization please complete the Speaker Request Form and indicate bystander intervention as the topic!



Through EDUCATION we strive to make individuals aware of the signs that discrimination or violence may occur so that they recognize when someone may be in trouble.


Through ACTive Bystander Intervention training we strive to EQUIP individuals with the skills and strategies needed to intervene in situations of discrimination or violence safely!


By educating and equipping individuals we strive to EMPOWER them to act in these situations to make a difference and help end discrimination and violence!


ACTive Bystander Intervention includes:

  • Recognizing and identifying situations where there is the potential for someone to be hurt, mistreated, assaulted, etc.

  • Making a decision to interrupt that situation to check in with the people involved and to prevent a bad situation from continuing


Deciding when to intervene: Things to consider



NOTICE: A person who is intoxicated cannot legally give consent to have sex. AND sex without consent is assault.


Physical force is never acceptable


Coercion is also unacceptable

Examples of coercion

                    “Come on, you know you want to.”

                    “You just need to loosen up.”

                    “But you said we’d have sex tonight.”

    Trust your gut.  If it looks bad, say something


    Strategies for Intervention:


    • Say something to the aggressor.

    • Say something to the person in trouble.


    • Find a friend of one of them and ask them to get involved.

    • Find the host of the party and let them know there is a problem.


    • Spill your drink on one of them and then offer to help them get cleaned up.

    • Ask one of them for a ride home.