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.


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Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Student Union 330, P.O. Box # 1
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Dr. Maigan Wipfli,
Director of June Anderson Center

Danielle Bratton,
Coordinator Office for Violence
Against Women Grant/
Power of ONE