Be a Prosocial

Learn how to recognize potentially harmful situations and comments related to dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Learn how to respond safely, appropriately, and effectively.

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Learn how to recognize situations

The Bystander Intervention Curriculum is currently booked out for the semester, but stay tuned for availability.

How can you respond?

Welcome to the 5Ds. These are methods you can use to be a prosocial bystander. The way you use these methods will look different for everyone.


You directly call out the behavior as harmful and unacceptable.


You try to remove the victim from the situation in a subtle way.


You offer support after the incident occurs.


You get someone else to intervene or get involved with you.


You screenshot, record, note, or photograph the situation.

Below you’ll find some compromising scenarios where stepping in could make a huge difference. How will you respond?

Let’s put these
ideas into practice.

A group of people
make sexual
to your friend.

now what?

Click on a 5Ds method to see an example of a prosocial bystander action.

Tell the group directly to stop their sexually harassing behavior.

Report the behavior to an authority figure.

After the situation occurs, ask your friend if they’d like to talk to a counselor and help them find resources.

Remember, this is just an example of one way to use this method. There are many different ways you can use this.

A co-worker victim
blames a domestic
violence survivor.

now what?

Consider how you feel in this scenario. If you’re nervous about stepping in, keep in mind that you have options.

Being a prosocial bystander is different in every situation, for every person. You can choose which method you are the most comfortable with.

Not afraid to say something?


Tell them that regardless of what they think happened, that it’s never the victim’s fault.

Nervous about how they’ll respond?


Contact your human resources representative or immediate supervisor and ask that the staff receive training on these issues.

Your best friend and their partner
start yelling at each other
in the next room.

now what?

Which 5Ds method are you most likely to use? free polls

How did you intervene?

You experienced an uncomfortable situation that required you to step in.

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If you witness a compromising situation, determining how you should intervene can be tricky. The 5Ds are the recommended methods for prosocial bystanders, but the way they are used can look different for everyone.

If you have questions on how to intervene, be sure to check out our resources.

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