The most important thing to consider is safety- for yourself and others involved. Often you don’t have to intervene directly, or in a confrontational manner, distraction can also be a good technique! When considering your intervention, remembers the 5 Ds:


Indirect action to de-escalate or change the trajectory of a situation is often a safe and effective intervention. For example, if you witness a friend getting unwanted attention at a bar, ask them to come to the bathroom with you. If you see someone being aggressive on a bus, you could ask start up a conversation with the person experiencing the aggression or drop something to create a distraction.


Sometimes the best way to intervene is to get someone else to! Look around for a police officer or person of authority (bus driver, staff members etc.). Remember to download the UQ SafeZone App to give you direct access to on campus security.


If you are going to directly intervene in a situation, be very careful to assess your safety first. You can directly tell a perpetrator their behaviour is not appropriate or you could help the person experiencing the harassment move away.


Bystanders can play an important role even after an incident has occurred. Checking in with the target and offering support is a good idea. You could also report the incident to someone of authority (e.g. police, security, SMSU).


Documenting an incident on your phone can be helpful, depending on the situation. It’s a good idea to try to capture street signs or landmarks to document the location of an incident. It’s important to consider respect and privacy. Never post such footage online or use it without the permission of the survivor.