Five Steps Toward Taking Action

  1. Notice the event along a continuum of actions
  2. Consider whether the situation demands your action
  3. Decide if you have a responsibility to act
  4. Choose what form of assistance to use
  5. Understand how to implement the choice safely

adapted from Alan Berkowitz Bystander Intervention Model

Benefits of Bystander Intervention to Victimization

Discourages victim blaming

  • Breaking the silence around gender violence is a critical strategy in prevention

Offers the chance to change social norms

  • With more bystander intervention, society’s collective responsibility takes on a new role

Shifts responsibility to men and women

  • Violence affects everyone
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Confidential Resources

Quick contacts to reach a confidential advocate

  • VIP peer-student advocacy
    515-512-2972 (call or text)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy
    515-286-3600
  • Cowles Library 109 during the academic year
        - Tuesdays 2:30-4:30
        - Thursdays 9:00-11:00
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