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
APSA Bystander Intervention Training

APSA Bystander Intervention Training Sessions at the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting 

 In person and virtual session available:  


  • Session I: Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 12:00pm - 1:30am PDT (in person)
  • Session II: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT (virtual) 
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.  


To RSVP and for questions: email diversityprograms@apsanet.org  

respect-postcard-1024x718PNGFILEThe APSA RESPECT Campaign encourages “professional respect” by and towards all APSA annual meeting attendees and participants at all times.  Respect stands for Respectful, Equitable, Safe, Professional, and Ethical Conduct Towards All. The APSA Sexual Harassment Survey Report and Anti-Harassment Policy (code of conduct) address the importance of facilitating a climate of respect at the annual meeting.