How you can help


Bystander Intervention

The most powerful tool is conveying your concern. The best way bystanders can assist in creating an empowering climate free of interpersonal violence is to diffuse the problem behaviors quickly. You can help by:

  • Educating yourself about interpersonal violence
  • Share this information with friends
  • Speak up

Tips for Intervening

  • Approach everyone as a friend
  • Do not be antagonistic
  • Avoid using violence
  • Be honest and direct
  • Recruit help if needed
  • Keep yourself safe
  • If the situation escalates, contact the police.

For more information on bystander intervention training, click here.

Additionally, Campus Clarity has released a Bystander Intervention Workshop. The following materials are available for download to engage campus stakeholders as active members of primary prevention efforts.

Personal or Sexual Violence Awareness Program

The University of North Texas Health Science Center Personal or Sexual Violence Awareness Program is coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs in conjunction with the UNTHSC Police Department. The goal of the program is to:

  • Promote an awareness of personal or sexual violence and its impact on the UNTHSC community
  • Provide personal or sexual violence prevention education and strategies to students and staff
  • Empower survivors with access to on-and off-campus resources

Programs at a Glance

  • All incoming and current students receive education and strategies on preventing personal or sexual violence via video and the Student Affairs website
  • General information about personal or sexual violence is available on the Student Affairs website. The available information includes tips on prevention and bystander intervention, as well as on-and off-campus support resources.
  • Student Affairs offers programs once per semester (April and October) designed to teach participants basic self-defense techniques, such as SHARP and RAD training by certified instructors. SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention) will cover the following defense techniques: use of force human factors, prevention psychology, principles of avoidance, passive release and escapes, and defense counter strikes.
  • On-going programming offered around campus (MET, CBH, Fitness Center, and Library) such as: Stalking Awareness Month (January), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October).

Protocol for Handling Disruptive Individuals

The protocol for handling disruptive individuals presentation covers the following topics:

  • Who is a disruptive individual?
  • What actions should you take when confronted by a disruptive individual?
  • Communication with law enforcement.
  • Creating a mental description of a disruptive individual.
  • Communicating with a disruptive individual.
  • Things to avoid when dealing with disruptive individuals.
  • Special tactics to follow when dealing with disruptive individuals.
  • Active shooter information.

This page was last modified on March 7, 2018