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Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a philosophy and strategy for prevention of various types of violence, including bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.

The best way bystanders can assist in creating an empowering climate free of interpersonal violence is to diffuse the problem behaviors before they escalate.
• Educate yourself about interpersonal violence AND share this info with friends
• Confront friends who make excuses for other peoples abusive behavior
• Speak up against racist, sexist, and homophobic jokes or remarks

Tips for Intervening
In a situation potentially involving sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking:
• Approach everyone as a friend
• Do not be antagonistic
• Avoid using violence
• Be honest and direct whenever possible
• Recruit help if necessary
• Keep yourself safe
• If things get out of hand or become too serious, contact the police

Bystander Resources:

Green Dot, etc.…a strategy of violence prevention that consistently, measurably reduces power-based personal violence (including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and bullying). Certified Green Dot, etc. Instructors available at Kingston and Providence Campus, for more information contact, Racine Amos 401-874-9131

Uri-STANDers Bystander Intervention Program…a new initiative at URI focused on challenging the community to become active in addressing the social norms regarding the identification of and associated inaction to assisting another member of the community as risk of negative impact by interpersonal violence. For more information contact, Keith Labelle 401-874-5222


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