Violence Prevention Education

PARC's team of Violence Prevention Educators and professional staff work together to engage the campus community in a variety of conversations to help stop and prevent violence. Much of this education focuses around Bystander Intervention, which is a primary prevention strategy which encourages a community response to instances of potential or actualized harm, learning to ask ourselves what we can do in a moment to intervene safely to change situations that could escalate to violence. 

Currently, we offer a few different versions of Bystander Training designed to build skills over time. We also offer a few other trainings on related topics. PARC is always excited to collaborate with you to create a custom training for your needs, too! Below you can explore the trainings we offer, sign up for an open training, and/or request a training.




Bystander Training Level One: Foundations of Intervention

Our flagship program, this training discusses the roots of violence and unpacks the 5 D Framework:

  • Direct
  • Distract
  • Distance
  • Delegate
  • Document

We recommend this training for all students in their first year on campus as it expands upon ideas presented during orientation. If you haven't received training from PARC yet, start with this one!

Bystander Training Level Two: Supporting Those Impacted by Violence

This training focuses on strategies for supporting someone if they tell you they've experienced violence. We will discuss how to reject harmful victim-blaming myths as well as information and techniques for connecting them to appropriate resources. "Supporting Those Impacted by Violence" can be customized for your group, whether you are student leaders, TAs, faculty, or staff, we want this training to address your needs and situations.

We recommend this training for anyone in a position where others look up to them, personally or professionally.

*This training can also be offered in collaboration with the Office of Equal Opportunity to cover more detail about policies and reporting requirements. 

Bystander Training Level Three: The Cycle of Violence

Our newest Bystander Training delves deeper into the roots of violence, especially sexual and relationship violence. We will discuss how microaggressions, jokes, and other covert instances of violence support the ongoing cycle of all violence. Together we will explore sample scenarios and brainstorm strategies for intervening at all levels of violence.

Bystander Training Level Four: Ongoing Activism

How might intervening be different after you leave Brandeis? What options for reporting exist when you are no longer on campus? This training addresses issues of violence and harassment off campus, discussing issues of power dynamics, laws, and much more, with an extra emphasis on non-physical types of violence, such as sexual harassment.

This training is ideal for seniors and graduate students, and can also be customized for faculty and staff interested in talking in more detail about sexual harassment in the workplace.

Healthy Relationships: Consent, Communication, and Boundaries

This highly interactive training revolves around what we each want from our relationships with other people, including but not limited to friendships, romantic relationships, and sexual relationships. Conversations about a shared definition of consent, communication skills, and respecting boundaries allow participants to grapple with these topics in a practical and applicable way.

Interventions and Support: Strategies for Reacting During or After Violent Situations (for staff and faculty)

This training focuses on strategies for intervening when witnessing potential or actualized violence for professional staff. We will discuss how to best support someone if they tell you they've experienced violence,  tools for rejecting and counteracting harmful victim-blaming myths, and information to empower you to connect them to appropriate resources.

This session is offered as part of the ODEI, OEO and PARC collaborative series: Doing Better at Brandeis: Understanding & Addressing Violence, Discrimination, and Implicit Bias in our community.


Other Training Around Violence Prevention

Customized trainings are always available by request, too! Contact Sarah J. Berg to learn more or make a request.