We know how difficult it can be to intervene. That’s why we’ve adopted the 3Ds. This simple methodology provides memorable tactics for stepping in. It doesn’t take a heroic act to make a difference. All it takes is simplicity, subtlety, and a little bit of creativity.
Directly interact with the people involved in the situation, and express that you are concerned.
Distract the people involved by diverting their attention to something else, and use the distraction to covertly defuse the situation.
Delegate your responsibility to intervene in a concerning situation by notifying someone who is better equipped to handle that particular situation. If you ever feel unsafe, always delegate.
Proactive & Reactive Responses
There are two basic responses that bystanders can provide in any given situation: reactive response or proactive response. A proactive response involves making small choices that deter an incident from happening in the first place.
However, we cannot see the future. We sometimes find ourselves thrown into a quickly-escalating situation that demands a swift and decisive reactive response.
These situations can be scary and high-risk, and the choices we make have a greater impact. The 3Ds guide you towards reactive responses that are safe, effective, and simple enough to recall during a crisis.