Bystander Intervention: Campaigns and Programs

Students-talking-bench-outsideThere are many organizations and programs doing bystander work, below are some of those programs. Many of the programs highlighted in this section have online training materials and other resources available online. 

Bringing in the Bystander Campaign (webpage) Using a bystander intervention approach combined with a research component, this program assumes that everyone has a role to play in prevention. The research component measures how effective the program is within different communities.

Circle of 6 (webpage) The Circle of 6 App won the White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge in 2011. Using a pre-programmed list of six close contacts and an icon system to call for help, assistance, or advice, this app offers a discreet way to reach out for bystander assistance.

Green Dot campaign (webpage).  The Green Dot campaign is based on the idea that peer influence often predicts behavior. In instances of harmful or violent words, actions, or behaviors, each person has a choice to ignore or accept (a red dot) or intervene to address it (a green dot).

Hollaback!: I’ve got your back! (webpage) I’ve got your back! is the bystander intervention campaign by Hollaback! Hollaback! and Green Dot teamed up to create this campaign.  It emphasizes use of digital and social media to help confront harassing and violent public behaviors. Also, see the PreventConnect interview I’ve Got Your Back: Bystander Intervention for Street Harassment and infographic How to intervene if you see harassment happening.

Know Your Power (webpage) by Prevention Innovations at the University of New Hampshire.  The Know Your Power campaign is the social marketing component of Bringing in the Bystander.  Information about the campaign, resources, checklist for engaged bystander actions and a store are available on the website.  PreventConnect also blogged about this campaign and related research.

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) (webpage). The MVP Program motivates men and women to work together in preventing men’s violence against women. The MVP bystander approach uses proactive, preventative behavior, and leadership rather than blame for the problems of gendered violence.

Step Up! Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention (webpage) by The University of Arizona.  STEP UP! is a pro-social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. The site includes scenarios, questions, definitions and considerations, action steps and resources.

Stop Street Harassment (webpage).  This organization is dedicated to ending street harassment internationally. Their website has an online resource center for information on street harassment. Stop Street Harassment organizes the International Anti-Street Harassment Week.

That’s Not Cool (webpage) by Futures without Violence and the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, and the Ad Council.  The site is geared towards teens with a focus on privacy, healthy communication, healthy relationships, and technology.

Virginia’s Red Flag Campaign (webpage). The Red Flag Campaign uses a bystander infused approach to increase public awareness of dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses.

Where Do You Stand? Campaign (webpage) by Men Can Stop Rape.  This bystander intervention campaign is targeted to college males.  The campaign portrays men as allies to ending violence against women.  The website provides information, resources, and materials to use in a college campus.  A guide is also available that teaches how to use the campaign to positively change the cultural dynamics of a campus.

White Ribbon Campaign (webpage). The White Ribbon Campaign is a movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and promote gender equality and healthy relationships. Started in Canada, this campaign is now in over 60 countries.  Notable resources include a toolkit for engaging men and a guidebook for teachers and community leaders on promoting healthy relationships.