What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander Intervention is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.


Step UP to Intervention


Our role as social accelerators speaks to our strategy to capitalize on inherent human good. Focusing on reducing power-based personal violence and addressing other social issues that impede progress toward safe and equitable communities. We believe all individuals are capable of positive action, collectively mobilizing a force powerful enough to create lasting societal change. Accelerating individual impact by inspiring hope for change, providing realistic tools to act, and helping overcome personal, relational, and cultural barriers.


The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies uses the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Model focusing on 3 D’s of intervention:


  • Direct-directly intervening in a situation. Example: “Is everything okay here?”
  • Distract-creating a distraction. Example: “Accidently” spilling your drink
  • Delegate-telling another person/authority figure. Example: telling the bartender or calling law enforcement.


Through the Green Dot strategy, Charlotte County CAN change its culture, but it takes everyone doing their small part. When we all agree to do what we can to stop the violence, we will see a dramatic decrease in the rate at which it occurs.

Charlotte County Green Dot with Chris & Elyse

Local Bartender Intervenes (St. Petersburg, FL)


The 3D's | Direct | Delegate | Distract |

Bystander Intervention | Nate Burke

Frequently asked questions

I'm just one person. How can I possibly change the culture?

You are a part of our community, which means that you have influence here. Everyone has the ability to help. Bystander Intervention only works when all of us chip in and do our small part. Come to one of our Bystander Training seminars and learn more!

Who should be trained?

C.A.R.E.  welcomes anyone who works, lives, or socializes in Charlotte County to attend a Bystander Training seminar.

How long is the training?

The Bystander Training seminar is a few hours in duration, depending on class size.

What costs are there?

There are no costs for our trainings.

Can I have someone come to my organization/company to talk to my staff?

Yes! We are happy to send representatives of C.A.R.E. to present training to your staff.

Isn't this a job for law enforcement?

Law enforcement typically gets involved with these incidents after the fact, meaning that the violence has already occurred. While we fully support and appreciate our officers at CCSO and Punta Gorda Police Department, we know that Charlotte County can do better at preventing the violence to begin with.

Contact C.A.R.E. for more information about our Bystander Intervention Training