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The Intervention Initiative – A bystander education programme

Updated Monday 27th November 2017

The 'Intervention Initiative' is a free educational programme for students, focusing on the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings.

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What is the Intervention Initiative and what is it for?

The extent of sexual harassment, sexual coercion, rape and domestic abuse in student populations across England has been revealed in evidence from crime surveys, student surveys and professionals working with students. The evidence has produced an imperative for universities to act. This resource is a response to that imperative.
The Intervention Initiative is a free resource for universities and further education settings in England, developed in 2014 by the University of the West of England on receipt of a grant from Public Health England. It is an evidence-based educational programme for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings, through empowering students to act as prosocial citizens. The evidence review which was used to develop the programme is published by Public Health England.
The Intervention Initiative is a programme of eight facilitated sessions, each lasting for 60 minutes (minimum) to 90 minutes. The content of each of the sessions is provided in the form of facilitator notes, PowerPoint slides and handouts. There is an accompanying resource setting out the theoretical rationale for the programme across all eight sessions. Evaluation is built into the programme.
Fenton, R. A., Mott, H. L., McCartan, K. and Rumney, P. (2014). The Intervention Initiative. Bristol: UWE and Public Health England.
This is an extract from The Intervention Initiative. Learn more here.

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