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Bystander Intervention Programme

UCC's Bystander Intervention programme provides training and other resources on how to step in, speak up and support others in situations of sexual misconduct and sexual violence. Available to all UCC students and staff, and for a fee, to external users, the training includes everything from definitions, scenarios, role-plays, questions, action steps and resources to equip you with knowledge and skills to SAFELY intervene in instances of harmful or violent words, actions or behaviours.

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Bystander Intervention: A Quick Guide - Video

How can I be an effective Bystander?
Watch this quick guide to the Bystander Intervention programme at UCC!

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Become a UCC Bystander Ambassador

By becoming a UCC Bystander Ambassador, you’ll be advocating for a world free from sexual violence and gender inequalities. Get involved in our events, let us know your ideas, contribute to critical and inclusive debate, take action, and spread the word, whether it’s with your pen or your voice, you are very welcome!

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Participant Reflections

I felt empowered, even in the minutes following my workshops, to be better than I was before I began.

Laura, BA Applied Psychology student, UCC

Through the bystander programme, I really noticed how consent… is really a collective social responsibility that everyone has to buy into so that you can make the campus a safer a place.

Maeve, BA (Politics and English) student, UCC

Staff have a unique opportunity in the community to make decisions which will be in the best interest of our students, peers, members of our community.

Eleanor Donoghue, Head of Career Services, UCC

This course not only personally helped me but it gave me the skills to handle certain situations safely over Freshers’ and RAG Week with the Student Community Support.

Saoirse, BMus student, UCC

One of the things that really stood out to me all the way through the workshops was the idea that although we may feel like we are the only ones who care, that is not the case.


Victims are often unsure to reveal details about their domestic violence...scared about the direct consequences (e.g. losing the partner/perpetrator) or being embarrassed of being not taken seriously.

Staff member

I want to spread awareness of how easy it can be to help someone out of a difficult situation and to show the importance of early intervention.


All we need is for one person to stand up and say something, and the others will follow.


Nobody should have the right to think they are better or more powerful because of anatomy. Nobody should have to die because of an unfortunate gender lottery.

Staff member