Be an intervener! Stop these incidents before they occur, and talk to your friends about it so that they will intervene as well! (from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse)
The Bystander Intervention Model predicts that people are more likely to help others under certain conditions.
1. Notices the Incident
Bystanders first must notice the incident taking place. Obviously, if they don’t take note of the situation there is no reason to help.
2. Interpret incident as emergency
Bystanders also need to evaluate the situation and determine whether it is an emergency—or at least one in which someone needs assistance. Again, if people do not interpret a situation as one in which someone needs assistance, then there is no need to provide help.
3. Assume Responsibility
Another decision bystanders make is whether they should assume responsibility for giving help. One repeated finding in research studies on helping is that a bystander is less likely to help if there are other bystanders present. When other bystanders are present responsibility for helping is diffused. If a lone bystander is present he or she is more likely to assume responsibility.
4. Attempts to Help (See Tips for Intervening and Bystander Playbook below)
Whether this is to help the person leave the situation, confront a behavior, diffuse a situation, or call for other support/security.
The best way bystanders can assist in creating an empowering climate free of interpersonal violence is to diffuse the problem behaviors before they escalate.
In a situation potentially involving sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking:
From the University of Vermont
*Please remember that any situation that threatens physical harm to yourself or another student should be assessed carefully. Contact Safety and Security if needed to assist to defuse the situation.
STEP UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes don’t help. As a result they are more likely to help in the future.
The goals of STEP UP! are to: