What is Bystander Intervention?

bystander intervention refers to taking active steps to intervene, mitigate or prevent harassment of any form. individuals who are considering taking steps to intervene must weigh a number of factors before deciding to take action, utmost among these concerns is the safety of the subject of the harassment and the bystander's safety. if direct intervention is not advisable, then consider strategies for indirect intervention. the resources below provide detailed information on strategies for safe and effective intervention.  

Resources for Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention - The Five Stages, (Darley and Latane, 1968) posted by Princeton University

Developing Skills to Intervene, Princeton University 

Your Role in Preventing Sexual Assault, by RAINN 

Bystander Intervention Resources, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Workplace Civility and Bystander Intervention Training

In the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment 

In the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission




APSA Bystander Intervention Training

APSA Bystander Intervention Training Sessions at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 


This event has closed. Stay tuned for informatino on upcoming training sessions. 



  • Session I: Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Session II: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Onsite at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, Marriott, Room: Washington 4

Purpose: To provide session participants with concrete skills to safely intervene in a situation or interaction that is potentially harmful to another. To foster a culture of respect. 

Description: In keeping with the APSA Anti-harassment Policy for annual meetings, conferences and workshops, APSA expects meeting attendees to be able to enjoy a safe, professional meeting environment in which they can engage in their professional and scholarly pursuits, free from harassment, bullying, or intimidation of any form. To that end, APSA will provide this training to provide strategies and examples of how meeting attendees can help ensure that we maintain a culture of respect and professionalism, where the free exchange of ideas is able to flourish.  


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