The Four D’s of Intervention
When you see a potentially unsafe situation …
Direct – Step in and address the situation directly.
Example: “That’s not cool. Please Stop” or “Hey, leave them alone.”
Distract – Create a distraction to suppress the situation.
Example: “Hey aren’t you in my Spanish class?”
Delegate – Find someone who can help you intervene.
Example: You could contact an R.A., a campus police officer, or a faculty or staff member.
Delay – It may be best to delay any action for a few minutes.
Example: If you are in a group, you could delay your intervention by asking the person to use the restroom with you.