Victim/Survivor Perception of Bystander Helpfulness in Dating Abuse Situations

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Bystander-based initiatives to reduce the incidence of, and harm associated with, interpersonal violence have demonstrated promise (Jouriles et al., 2018). This prevention model is a salient approach for college students, who are in a developmental stage where peer influence is salient (Duval et al., 2020); thus, they have an important role to play in addressing issues such as dating abuse. Given the proliferation of bystander-based violence prevention programming on college campuses, limited examination of victims/survivors’ perception of bystander helpfulness represents a major gap in the literature (Banyard et al., 2019; Hamby et al., 2016), which is vital to support the continued implementation of such programming to develop students who are critically engaged in ending dating abuse on their campus. The purpose of this current study, therefore, is explore the helpfulness of bystanders’ intervention actions in dating abuse situations from the perspective of the victim/survivors.


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