National Bystander Awareness Day 2023

A good bystander doesn't just stand by, there are many things you can do to help victims of hate.
National ByStander Awareness Day

You can either help from the safe distance or get directly involved. Whatever you do makes a real difference.

It can be difficult to know what action to take, or whether help is needed at all. Remember that there are always safe and simple ways you can challenge hate without stepping out of your comfort zone. These include indirect and direct interventions.

Raising awareness of safe interventions is why we are celebrating National Bystander Awareness Day, by launching our hate crime reporting resource page.

The “Bystander effect” means people are less likely to intervene when there are others around. National Bystander Awareness Day is a chance to help people understand this effect and take steps.

Bystander Intervention means recognising a negative situation and responding in a way that can stop or de-escalate it.

Hateful behaviour often happens in public places. so there’s a good chance you’ll witness it when you’re out and about.

Whether it’s a passing comment or a confrontation, we all must challenge any sign of hate.

What can you do as an individual?

    • Ensure you understand what an act of hate is and the impact it has on individuals.
    • Improve knowledge about actions people can take when they witness an incident.
    • Support anyone affected by hateful behaviour.
  • Report any incidents or encourage those affected to report.
  • Share knowledge on how to tackle hate with other people.

What can you do as an organisation?

  • Set up reporting page or other way of helping people know how to recognise and report hate crime.
  • Let people know what they can do with indirect and direct interventions.
  • Stand by Me offers training will allow team members to know what to do.

Damien Smith, Head of Development at North Yorkshire Sport said: “North Yorkshire Sport supports National Bystander Awareness Day because we want people to know how to respond effectively if they witness an act of hate. That is why we have created a hate crime reporting information page on our website and encourage other organisations to do the same.

In the last 12 months North Yorkshire Sport arranged for Stand By Me to deliver the Safe Bystander Intervention Training to our team, it was a great course and the feedback from staff was really positive. Staff told us they felt more comfortable to intervene as they had tools in which to do this in a safe way. We would encourage other organisations to take up the training offer as well”

National Bystander Awareness Day is a day that unites people to tackle hate and hostility as part of the Stand by Me project developed by Communities Inc, a social enterprise passionate about tackling hate crime and inequalities.

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