Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander intervention is rooted in non-violence and helps us move from passive to active when we witness injustice. This 1.5 hour training by YWCA staff focuses on understanding and safely countering identity-based harassment (i.e. harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, gender, ability, etc.). In our politically-charged climate, non-violent intervention is a tool we all can use. This training focuses on empowering the individual to take smart, safe steps to de-escalate violence and provides practical tips for recognizing potentially troublesome situations.

A second component of the training covers sexual harassment — identifying it, responding to it, and supporting those experiencing it. In the era of the #MeToo Movement, we can all play a role in reducing instances of sexual harassment and creating a culture that supports and empowers those who experience it to speak up.

The goals and aims of the training are:
1. understand identity-based violence (i.e. Islamophobia, racism, gender-based harassment)
2. take ownership and responsibility when a situation arises
3. learn skills to safely diffuse a tense situation
4. support victims of harassment, abuse, and violence
5. be an active participant in reducing violence in our community.

We have trained more than 300 community members, students, and employees in northeast Ohio and would love to speak to your organization, class, or business about nonviolent intervention! For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Molly Toth at (330) 746-6361 ext. 109 or