Prevention Bringing in the Bystander®

Bystander intervention programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways that they can act to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for relationship violence. A bystander approach gives community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including naming and stopping situations before they happen, stepping in during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence.

The Bringing in the Bystander® program emphasizes a bystander intervention approach and assumes that everyone has a role to play in ending relationship violence. It uses a community of responsibility model to teach bystanders how to intervene safely and effectively in cases where sexual assault may be occurring or where there may be risk. Its main message is that "Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending relationship violence."

The Bringing in the Bystander® program and Know Your Power® social marketing campaign were developed by the University of New Hampshire Prevention Innovations program. Bringing in the Bystander® and Know Your Power® are federally registered trademarks of the University of New Hampshire. The programs and trademarks are used here with permission from the University of New Hampshire.