Bystander Intervention

As part of the Rutgers-Camden Campus Community, we believe that everyone has a role to play in stopping interpersonal violence and addressing the attitudes and behaviors that allow such violence to occur. It is part of our Raptor Creed to take care of each other. We can make a positive difference in the life of another person.
You can take an active role in increase your safety and the safety of other members of our communities by engaging in bystander intervention.
Bystander Intervention is a primary prevention strategy that works to stop attitudes and behaviors that cause violence before they happen.  We encourage everyone to have a role in ending violence in our community. We want all students, faculty, and staff to be positive, active bystanders.  This means that you will intervene in situations that don’t feel right to you.
There are 4 main ways to intervene, also called the 4 D’s:
Talk directly to the person who might be in a bad situation. Ask questiosn like "Who did you come here with?" or "Would you like me to stay with you?"
You can also speak directly to the person who may be inflicting harasment or assault. For example, simply asking "What are you doing?" if some is trying to lead an obviously-intoxicated person to a private area.
Distract attention away from the aggressor, potential victim, or situation by interrupting with a conversational phrase or question that acts as a diversion. This can be as simple as "Let's go get pizza, I'm hungry!" or "Someone is looking for you!" 
Delay is a technique that includes was the intervene after a situation of violence or harm. This can be checking-in with the survivor to make them feel valued; educating yourself about oppresion and ways to get involved; and avoiding victim blaming comments.
It is important to intervene in a way that fits your comfort level and keeps you safe. Practicing these strategies with friends, RAs, members of your student organizations and clubs, and other students can help you gain confidence to step up when a situation feels wrong. Keep in mind that although stepping in to prevent violence is important, it should never put your own safety at risk!


No matter what strategy you use, we hope that you will choose to do something and do so in safe way that doesn't cause further harm to you or anyone else. ​For more information about prevention programs and how to be part of the solution, consider attending our events and workshops throughout the year! 

You can contact VPVA at any time to speak with someone about your concerns and experiences. You can also email or call at (856) 225-2326. Don't hesitate to call 911, or ask someone else to call, if you are concerence for someone's safety.