Bystander Intervention


What is a Bystander? 
A bystander is any person who is present at an event or incident but does NOT take part. 

What is Bystander Intervention?
Bystander Intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and courage needed to intervene in a situation when another individual needs help. Bystander interventions allow individuals to send powerful messages about what is acceptable and expected behavior in our community.

Five Step Decision-Making Model
1. Notice the Event
2. Interpret the Event as a problem
3. Take personal responsibility to intervene
4. Decide how you are going to intervene
5. Decide to intervene

Rules for Bystander Intervention
  • Do NOT put yourself at risk
  • Do NOT make the situation worse
  • TIPS:
    Intervene at the earliest point possible (which does not necessarily mean confronting), look for early warning signs of trouble and ask for help
The Three “D’s” of Bystander Intervention

Direct – Directly intervening, in the moment, to prevent a problem situation from happening.
Delegate – Seeking help from another individual, often someone who is authorized to present others, such as a police officer or campus official.
Distract – Interrupting the situation without directly confronting the offender.

WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CREATE A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE, AND INCLUSIVE IUPUI COMMUNITY!