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 on campus on how individuals can make a difference in their community by serving as UP-standers. An "upstander" is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When upstanders see or hear about someone being bullied, assaulted, harassed or injured, they speak up. Being an upstander is being a hero by standing up for what is right and doing one's 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.

Last Updated: 6/19/15