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Bystander Action Program

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Bringing in the Bystander® is an in-person prevention program that is based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in ending sexual and relationship violence and stalking before, during and after incidents occur. Bringing in the Bystander Program is one of the few programs of its kind that has been scientifically evaluated and found to be effective. The program applies a community of responsibility model to teach bystanders how to intervene safely and effectively in cases where sexual and relationship violence and stalking may be occurring, have occurred or are at risk for occurring. The curriculum approaches both women and men as potential bystanders or witnesses to risky behaviors related to sexual and relationship violence and stalking around them and teaches prosocial (positive, appropriate and safe) ways to prevent or intervene in these forms of violence.

The program utilizes a full array of learning methods in both versions of the program: lecture, discussion, videos, interactive exercises, small group work, opportunities to practice skills and role-play scenarios. In addition, the program allows time for participants to create and discuss their own bystander plans, asks them to commit to intervening (bystander pledge), and provides resources (e.g., individual bystander plan, Active Bystanders Care (ABC) cards that participants take with them, and names and numbers of offices and agencies to call, such as crisis centers, counseling centers, and the police).

The Program was developed, administered and evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of New Hampshire. Evaluation is ongoing and results demonstrate the efficacy of this in-person program for increasing participants’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about effective and prosocial responses to sexual and relationship violence and stalking. The National Institute for Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Justice have funded evaluations of the Bringing in the Bystander In-Person Prevention Program.

For questions about this program contact khewitt [at]