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How to Intervene

Updated: Jan 23


“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on the importance of distraction, delegation, direction, and delaying while intervening as a bystander. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of  experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you!  Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid.  Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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What is distraction in terms of intervening?

Distraction refers to creating some distraction that is enough for a perpetrator to discontinue the abusive, wrong and violent behavior. Such things could be spilling a drink, intervening to ask for directions, asking the victim to come and help with a task, telling the perpetrator that their car is getting towed or they’ve received a request to re-park the vehicle, or even screaming loudly.

What is delegation in terms of intervening?

What does it mean to direct in terms of intervening?

What is delay in terms of intervention?


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