Violence Prevention

Bystander Intervention

Preventing violence is everyone's responsibility! 

What is bystander intervention?
When you see something that gives you that ‘uh-oh’ feeling and just isn’t right, you have the power to step in and be an active bystander to prevent violence from happening to someone else. YOUR ACTIONS MATTER!

What can you do?
There are many options you can choose from to safely intervene in a potentially dangerous situation to help a potential victim to safety and make a difference. Refer to the 3 D's of bystander intervention (Direct, Distract, Delegate) and pick the option that is the safest and most comfortable for you in that situation. Learn more by attending one of our Bystander Intervention Trainings througout the semester.

Open Bystander Intervention Trainings

In this 1.5 hour workshop, students develop skills to identify potentially violent situations and safely and effectively intervene to decrease instances of violence in the USF community and create a culture of collective support. During the workshop, students explore USF policy, signs and dynamics of power-based violence, barriers to intervening, and the 3D bystander intervention approach. Each session equips USF students with the tools and confidence to effectively intervene to decrease instances of interpersonal violence on campus. Learn how to step in and prevent violence, safely!  Click here for ALL of our semester offerings and see below for Fall 2022 Bystander Intervention Training dates.

Objectives: By the end of the 1.5 hour Bystander Intervention training, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the 3 D's (Direct, Distract, Delegate) to safely intervene in a potentially violent situation.
  • Identify the meaning of interpersonal violence, sexual harassment, sexual battery, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and consent.
  • Discuss possible implications of the bystander effect.
  • Describe personal barriers to intervening.
  • Recall USF policies pertaining to alcohol and consent.
  • Recognize the collective effort needed to reduce violence in USF's community.


09/08/22 - Bystander Intervention Training, 5:30-7 pm in MSC 3709

10/06/22 - Bystander Intervention Training, 12-1:30 pm via Microsoft Teams

11/02/22 - Bystander Intervention Training, 2-3:30 pm via Microsoft Teams

Are you a USF Faculty or Staff wanting to learn more about Bystander Intervention? Email to request a training for your department!