245644 Bystander Intervention in an Urban Environment

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:24 AM

Jenna Musselman-Palles, LCSW , Alliance of Local Service Organizations, Chicago, IL
Melvin Santiago , Alliance of Local Service Organizations, Chicago, IL
Your Life is My Life, Ending Violence Starts With Me, created by ALSO, is a bystander intervention training designed to train individuals to intervene in situations that are violent or may lead to violence. Based in Chicago, IL, ALSO has been addressing community violence since 1998 and has developed the Ending Violence Starts With Me bystander intervention training to specifically engage community residents in doing what they can to end violence within the urban community context of gang violence, intimate partner violence/domestic violence, and bullying in order to create safer communities. In 2010, ALSO created the Ending Violence Starts With Me bystander intervention training to address everyday violence that exists in urban communities. Witnesses to this violence, often times, are desensitized and have a myriad of roadblocks to intervening (cultural norms, fear, don't know what to do, etc.). This training addresses those roadblocks, calling for participants to be self-aware of their limitations and biases while learning intervention techniques. ALSO has conducted this training for over eighty participants from local and national organizations, including community residents, outreach workers, domestic violence victim advocates, school staff, and others. The feedback and interest has been overwhelmingly positive with 90% of participants evaluating it with the highest mark possible. ALSO believes that ending violence starts with me is true for everyone and is an important component to ensuring community safety. In order to expect people to intervene they must possess skills and training needed to intervene safely. This training accomplishes that goal.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain common roadblocks that prevent individuals from intervening in potentially violent situations. Describe and Demonstrate techniques to intervene safely in situations that may be potentially violent.

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: is an integral part of the team developing the bystander intervention curriculum.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.