Bystander action. What does it mean?
With regard to domestic and dating violence, it means taking steps to identify, speak out against and engage others in responding to relationship violence, as well as the behaviors, attitudes, and practices that contribute to it.
As an active bystander, you can work to prevent domestic violence on many levels. You can help stop domestic violence before it occurs (primary prevention). You can intervene, if it's safe, while, or directly after, witnessing domestic violence occur (secondary prevention); or you can assist in a survivor's long-term healing process after they are no longer experiencing domestic violence (tertiary prevention).
Any and all actions that a bystander takes are valuable. There is no step too small.
Below, you'll find some ways you can help, no matter what your role.
As a parent, coworker, friend or neighbor, you are always a bystander, and you can help end domestic violence in your community.
Please take a look at our Bystander Tools below, or download the PDF here.