Toward the Next Generation of Bystander Prevention of Sexual and Relationship Violence

Action Coils to Engage Communities

  • Victoria L.¬†Banyard

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Victoria L. Banyard
    Pages 1-5
  3. Victoria L. Banyard
    Pages 25-51
  4. Victoria L. Banyard
    Pages 77-109

About this book


This briefs integrates and synthesizes an array of research about who helps others and under what conditions and discusses the implications of this research for a bystander intervention focused prevention agenda to reduce sexual and relationship violence in schools and communities. It combines an examination of bystander helping behavior in the specific context of sexual and relationship violence with social psychological research on bystander behavior outside that context in order to inform prevention efforts. This briefs is designed for researchers, practitioners, and students concerned about violence prevention and who are interesting in bystander intervention as a promising prevention strategy. Connections between research and practice are the foundation of this briefs.

The briefs addresses the following questions: What is the promise of a bystander approach to violence prevention? Where does it fit within the spectrum of sexual and relationship violence prevention? How do we expand theoretical models of helping behavior to the unique context of interpersonal violence? How can we bring in research from other areas of health behavior change and developmental research on violence to inform a broader bystander action model? It provides a new synthesis and model of bystander interaction. It outlines a strategic plan for new research and next steps in prevention practices.


Bystander Behavior Correlates Bystander Intervention Bystander approach to violence prevention Community Strategies Sexual Violence Prevention Comprehensive Bystander-Focused Prevention Describing Bystanders Prosocial Behavior Relationship Abuse Relationship Violence Sexual Assault and Bystander Intervention Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Social Ecological Model Social Noorms and Behavior Changes

Authors and affiliations

  • Victoria L.¬†Banyard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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