What is Bystander Intervention?
All of us are bystanders when we observe actions or situations that jeopardize someone’s safety or well-being. One way to create a safe and healthy community is to be a “prosocial bystander” – taking action to help others.
Being a prosocial bystander involves being aware of events happening around you and learning how to step in safely or seek help from others.
How can I intervene?
Stepping in can be something as minor as you telling a friend that their language is offensive, or it may involve leaving a party early with a friend who is intoxicated to make sure they arrive home safely.
Step UP! Bystander Intervention teaches four basic steps:
1. Notice the event
2. Interpret the situation as a problem
3. Assume personal responsibility
4. Intervene safely and effectively
Tips for intervening safely:
- Never put yourself in harm's way. Consider whether direct and/or indirect intervention is best.
- You can talk to someone, make a phone call (911 if necessary), and/or engage others.
- Intervene early, if you can, before the problem becomes a crisis.
- Remain calm while gathering information and providing support.
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