The Bystander Intervention

What is it all about?

The Bystander Intervention Initiative, developed by UWE Bristol, empowers communities to intervene proactively to stop violence and abuse. The programme is based on Social Norms Theory and is intended to help students and night time economy staff identify problematic situations, assume responsibility, and intervene safely.

The training empowers and assists all students and night time economy staff to recognise sexual harassment and abuse and give them the skills and confidence to respond appropriately. It will also explore in more depth sexual violence, rape, consent and sexting, considering the legalities, moral implication and harm to the victim, families and wider communities.

Who would find it useful?

Students from Universities and Higher Education institutions and night time economy staff such as bar staff, taxi drivers, and street pastors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of Bystander Intervention.
  • Be better able to recognise violence and abuse.
  • Develop the skills and confidence to intervene safely when witnessing inappropriate behaviour.
  • Understand what support is available for survivors of abuse and violence.


For more information on this course or to book The Bystander Intervention training please contact us at [email protected].

Click here for information on our Bystander Toolkit.