To Help or Not to Help? Challenges and Opportunities for Bystanders in Violence Prevention
Interpersonal violence (including sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking) is a widespread problem particularly for adolescents and young adults. A promising prevention strategy includes mobilizing people who witness violence (bystanders) to take helpful actions. But helping is complicated and includes both costs and benefits. In this presentation findings from research about the pros and cons of helping particular in the context of college campus communities is discussed. Implications for community prevention efforts are also presented.