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  • In-Person Presentation
  • Training for Peer & Faculty Facilitation
  • Research & Trauma Informed
  • Title IX & VAWA Compliant

Program Details

Soteria Solutions provides new approaches to prevent sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. We work with you to activate bystanders at all levels, to create lasting change and build a safe, respectful, and sustainable culture in your organization or school. Bringing in the Bystander is grounded in the belief that all community members can play a role in preventing sexual assault and relationship violence and stalking. The program approaches everyone as a bystander and focuses on teaching people to identify a continuum of sexual violence and build skills to safely intervene before, during and after instances of sexual assault and relationship violence and stalking. There are two versions of the program. The longer version is 4.5 hours long and is typically presented during two sessions. The shorter program is 90 minutes. Typically, most campuses implement the 90 minute version of the program. The program is intended to be co-facilitated. Most often, campuses use undergraduate and graduate students, women’s center staff, sexual assault resource center staff, student affairs staff members (i.e. residential life, counseling center, etc.), wellness center staff members, and faculty members to facilitate the program. The program is presented to 25-30 participants in mixed or single gendered groups.

Contact information

9 Madbury Road, Suite 404, Durham NH
Postal code
Contact name
Jennifer Scrafford,


Institution type
University / College (4 year), Community College (2 year), Graduate, Professional, Other
Age group
Traditional Age (18-24), Other
General Student Body, Freshmen / Incoming Students, Gender Specific - Male, Gender Specific - Female, Athletes, Greek, Other
Delivery method
In-Person Presentation, Training for Peer Facilitation, Training for Faculty Facilitation
Single Session, Multi Session
Bystander Intervention, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Social Norms, Stalking, Title IX Policies and Procedures
Session details
Single Session, Multi Session



Bringing in the Bystander was developed and evaluated with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Justice. It was developed in collaboration with researchers and practitioners, as well as significant input from target audiences by Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

Theory of change

Bringing in the Bystander® “emphasizes a bystander intervention approach and assumes that everyone has a role to play in ending violence against women. In addition to the prevention goal, the program has a research component which seeks to measure the effectiveness of the prevention program with different constituencies.” The program aims to equip participants with skills necessary to identify problematic/dangerous behavior, develop empathy for victims, practice safe and effective methods of intervention, and commit to taking action as a bystander.

Theories of community readiness to engage in prevention, community responsibility and bystander behavior emphasize the importance of a larger community response toward preventing sexual and intimate partner violence. The program focuses on expanding this awareness to the larger community by not solely focusing on intervening on potential victims or perpetrators. Instead, the program provides groups of individuals in the community with the skills and knowledge to intervene by interrupting situations before or during an incident, speaking out against social norms supportive of sexual and intimate partner violence, and being an ally of those victimized.

Research informed

Bringing in the Bystander is informed by early social psychology research on bystander intervention that has identified both the situational and individual characteristics that influence whether or not a person will intervene in a potentially dangerous or dangerous situation. Current research on social norms serve also serve as the foundation for strategies to motivate bystanders to change community norms to support safe and respectful environments.

Trauma informed

When developing Bringing in the Bystander, we carefully considered the program’s impact on members of the community who are survivors and secondary survivors. Through scientific evaluation, we have been able to demonstrate that the program does not exacerbate victim-blaming. Instead, the program builds empathy in participants and dispels myths about sexual and relationship violence. Additionally, the program normalizes getting help and support, acknowledges a range of survivor experiences, and present the perspectives of multiple survivors from diverse backgrounds.


Violence Against Women Act

Soteria Solutions helps universities and colleges build capacity to comply with VAWA by partnering with institutions to develop strategies, create comprehensive prevention programs and implement programs that meet the unique needs of each campus community.

Title IX

Soteria Solutions helps universities and colleges build capacity to comply with the recent changes to Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act by partnering with institutions to develop strategies, create comprehensive prevention programs and implement programs that meet the unique needs of each campus community.

Evaluation and Performance Assessments

Evidence based

In multiple evaluations, Bringing in the Bystander has proven to be effective in increasing participants’ knowledge of sexual assault and bystander intervention; willingness to intervene to stop sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking; and self-reported bystander behaviors. The program also decreases participants’ acceptance of rape myths. Our researchers have developed the leading bystander intervention evaluation measures and we can work with you to evaluate the effectiveness of Bringing in the Bystander on your campus. Peer reviewed publications on the efficacy of Bringing in the Bystander can be found at

Research conductor
Program, Independent researcher
Evaluation published

• Peterson, K., Sharps, P., Banyard, V., Powers, R. A., Kaukinen, C., Gross, D., Decker, M. R., Baatz, C., Campbell, C. (2016). An Evaluation of Two Dating Violence Prevention Programs on a College Campus. Journal of Interpersonal Violence Online, 1-26.

• Moynihan. M. M., Banyard, V. L., Cares, A. C., Potter, S. J., Williams, L. M. & Stapleton, J. G. (2015). Encouraging Responses in Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention: What Program Effects Remain One Year Later? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 110-132.

• Cares, A. C., Banyard, V. L., Moynihan, M. M., Williams, L. M., Potter, S. J., & Stapleton, J. G. (2014). Changing Attitudes about Being a Bystander to Violence: Translating an In-person Education Program to a New Campus. Violence Against Women An International Journal. Online first.

• Moynihan, M. M. & Banyard, V. L. (2011). Educating bystanders helps prevent sexual violence and reduce backlash. Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, 3, 293-304.

• Moynihan, M. M., Banyard, V. L., Arnold, J. S., Eckstein, R. P., & Stapleton, J. G. (2011). Sisterhood may be powerful in for reducing sexual and intimate partner violence: An evaluation of the Bringing in the Bystander in-person program with sorority members. Violence Against Women, 17, 703-719.

• Banyard, V. L., Eckstein, R. P., & Moynihan, M. M. (2010). Sexual violence prevention: The role of stages of change. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 111-135.

• Moynihan, M. M., Banyard, V. L. , Arnold, J. S. , Eckstein, R. P. and Stapleton, J. G. (2010). Engaging intercollegiate athletes in preventing and intervening in sexual and intimate partner violence, Journal of American College Health, 59, 197-204.

• Banyard, V. L., Moynihan, M. M., & Crossman, M. T. (2009). Reducing sexual violence on campus: The role of student leaders as empowered bystanders. Journal of College Student Development, 50, 446-457.

• Banyard, V. L. (2008). Measurement and correlates of pro-social bystander behavior: The case of interpersonal violence. Violence and Victims, 23, 83-97.

• Banyard, V. L., Moynihan, M. M., & Plante, E. G. (2007). Sexual violence prevention through bystander education: an experimental evaluation. Journal of Community Psychology, 35, 463-481.


Customization method
Policy information, Survivor support/resource information, Statistics, Police/reporting information, Other
Is data collected?
Is data personalized?


Pricing model
Overall fee
Pricing model fees

There is a curriculum license fee, good for 5 years, that includes 5 copies of the facilitator guide and two versions of the PowerPoint. Attendance at a regional training requires the organization to own the license and the participant to pay an attendance fee.  Contact Jennifer Scrafford for more details

Additional information

Prevention services
Faculty/staff training, Other
Additional information

Target Institution Types: Includes Rape Crisis Center, YMCA, community partners with college and universities

Age Group: Program can be adapted for other college age populations, a high school version of the program is also available

Audience: We have adapted versions for the workplace and high schools

Customization: We allow campuses to modify sections of the curriculum to meet specific needs. There are also several points in the curriculum where we encourage institutions to think about adding specifics about your campus and your target populations. We can also provide consultation to you on how to specifically adapt the curriculum for diverse populations.

Data Collection: Although we can work with institutions to collect this information or simply provide the evaluation measures for institutions to do this themselves. We encourage institutions to collect date during pre- and post- training evaluations. We can provide evaluation measures for institutions to do this themselves or we offer consultation of how institutions can customize this data collection.

Additional Prevention Services: Soteria Solutions provides new approaches to prevent sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. We work with you to activate bystanders at all levels, to create lasting change and build a safe, respectful, and sustainable culture in your organization or school. We help universities, colleges, high schools, workplaces and their partners build capacity to create comprehensive prevention programs and implement evidence-based prevention strategies that meet the unique needs of each community. We offer Bringing in the Bystander High School Curriculum, available in seven modules and meant to fit into a high school schedule. We also offer an app called uSafeUS, which places sexual assault resources into the hands of survivors and their allies at colleges and universities across the U.S. Finally, we offer Know Your Power®, a social marketing campaign that allows users to customize images and boost bystander behavior. The campaign consists of a series of images which portray realistic and thought-provoking scenarios that highlight the important role all members of the community have in ending sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

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