A bystander is a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part in the action. They can be people who witness violence or notices red flags but does not do anything to ease the situations.
In the domestic and sexual violence communities, advocates want to promote activism in bystanders. This means that for those who witness violence or notice red flags, it is important to take any form of action instead of diffusing the responsibility on others if there are multiple people present or aware. Being an active bystander does not mean to throw oneself in the middle of the action or get completely involved every time they witness violence. If a bystander wants to do something but not risk themselves getting hurt, they can still notify others, call law enforcement for additional assistance and intervention, and offering resources to the alleged victims.
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