By PreventConnect on August 26, 2008

Engaging bystanders in violence against women prevention

This web conference highlighted two promising and well-evaluated bystander intervention programs, Bringing in the Bystander and Mentors in Violence Prevention. The conference discussed the principles behind these programs, and explored advancing community change to promote pro-social bystander actions. The pending release of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center‘s new publication “Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention” was also highlighted.

David Lee, Prevention Connection Program, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault



  • Describe the bystander approach to primary prevention of violence against women.
  • Identify resources for bystander approaches to violence against women prevention.
  • Describe key elements of two bystander prevention programs.


  • Video Recording [ZIP] – file in Windows Media (WMV) format with embedded captioning.
  • Audio Recording [MP3]
  • Audio Transcript [PDF]
  • Text Chat Transcript [PDF]
  • Slides (1 per Page, Color) [PDF]
  • Handouts (3 per Page, Black & White) [PDF]

Materials and Resources from National Sexual Violence Resource Center

  • Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention: Click here to order copies.

Materials and Resources from Prevention Innovations, University of New Hampshire

  • Know Your Power, University of New Hampshire’s social marketing campaign website.
  • Bystander Pledge [DOC] [PDF]
  • Published Articles
    • Contact the NSVRC for information on obtaining these articles by email: [email protected]or call toll-free: (877) 739-3895.
    • Moynihan, M. M. & Banyard, V. L. (2008). Community responsibility for preventing sexual violence: A pilot with campus Greeks and intercollegiate athletes. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community , 36, 23-38.
    • Banyard, V. L. (2008). Measurement and correlates of pro-social bystander behavior: The case of interpersonal violence. Violence and Victims, 23, 85-99.
    • Banyard, V. L., Moynihan, M. M., & Plante, E. G. (2007). Sexual violence prevention through bystander education: An experimental evaluation. Journal of Community Psychology, 35, 463-481.
    • Banyard, V. L., Plante, E. G. & Moynihan, M. M., &  (2005). Rape prevention through bystander education: Bringing a broader community perspective to sexual violence prevention. [Available Here]

Materials and Resources from Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

  • MVP High School Evaluation Summary 1999-2002
  • Evaluation Summary [PDF]
  • Year 1 Report [PDF]
  • Year 2 Report [DOC]
  • MVP College Student-Athletes Evaluation Summary 2007-2008 [PDF]
  • MVP Playbook & Curriculum

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