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Robeson Community College

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention involves safe and positive options that might be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Bystander Intervention includes:
-Recognizing situation of potential harm
-Understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence
-Overcoming barriers to intervening
-Identifying safe and effective intervention options; and
-Taking action to intervene

Being a Proactive Bystander
A Proactive Bystander is someone who recognizes a problem early on and decides to offer assistance. If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, you can help.

  • Tell the person that you are concerned.
  • Actively listen and respond positively and sensitively
  • Offer your friendship and support.
  • Encourage the person to seek counseling
  • Let them know that this type of behavior isn’t normal

Being a Reactive Bystander
A Reactive Bystander is someone who decides to positively intervene in hopes of deescalating the situation.

  • Get Help! Contact Campus Police or other authorities
  • Create a distraction
  • Offer to take the victim to a safe location
  • Avoid any confrontations with the abuser. This could be dangerous for you and the victim