Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are “individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it.”
At UMass Lowell, we want to promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm. We may not always know what to do even if we want to help.
Below is a list of some ways to be an active bystander. This could include when a person is yelling at or being physically abusive toward another and it is not safe for you to interrupt.