Preventing Interpersonal Violence

Be an IVP UP-Stander!

Preventing interpersonal violence is everyone’s business. We all have the responsibility — to ourselves and to those around us — to reduce risks and prevent occurrences.


The bystander effect refers to incidents in which individuals pass by an emergency or potentially dangerous situation instead  of intervening to help the victim when other people are present. Often, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. This is believed to happen because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to notice the situation, interpret the incident as a problem, or assume responsibility for taking action. A bystander sees a situation but may not know what to do, thinks others will react, or may be afraid to do something.


The IVP team works to inform students and faculty here on campus on how you can make a difference in your community and serve as an UP-stander. An "upstander" is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When an upstander sees or hears about someone being bullied, assaulted, harassed, or injured; they speak up. Being an upstander is being a hero: we are standing up for what is right and doing our best to help support and protect someone who is being hurt. In order to reduce instances of interpersonal violence, there needs to be a larger presence of upstanders in society.


For more information on how to be an UP-Stander, click here.
To visit the UP-stander website, click here.

Last Updated: 8/12/14