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Jonathans's Story
Clint's Story
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Diane's Story
Sarah's Story
Kat's Story
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A new aproach

Stand by Me is our latest project, which aims to tackle bystander apathy and empower people to assist those who are victims of bullying, harassment or hate crime through bystander interventions. The need for such an initiative in Nottingham is greater than ever. Following the EU referendum, Nottinghamshire reported the 2nd highest spike in hate crimes in the UK, with 75% more hate crimes recorded in the three months following the referendum when compared to the three months that preceded. This unprecedented rise in hate crime brought to the surface unspoken tensions between and within communities, some of which have existed for a long time. The post referendum era has seen certain people feeling more confident in expressing their prejudice and intolerance.

With Stand by Me, we want to rethink how hate crimes and incidents are addressed. In times when hate crimes are soaring and public sector agencies are facing serious cuts throughout the country, we have to change our perspective on how such behaviour can be challenged.
Why are bystander interventions important in tackling hate crime?

If a bystander intervenes within 10 seconds, 50% of the time the incident stops or de-escalates.

Craig & Pepler 1997
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Mobilising bystanders

Recent research into the Somali community’s experience of hate crime indicates that although incidents are unpleasant and hurtful, what victims find more distressing is the fact that those who witness the incident often take no action.

A lot of hate crimes take place in public places, where bystanders are present. Their intervention could make a big difference to the situation. Often people do not know how to act or intervene safely, however, armed with some basic information, bystanders can make a difference without putting themselves at risk.

Stand by Me champions safe, easy, and indirect bystander interventions that can be put into action by anyone when a hate incident takes place. Bystander interventions offer a practical way of disrupting and countering hate incidents, and supporting victims. They also send a message to perpetrators that such behavior is unacceptable and will be challenged.

Bystander Intervention Ambassadors

We want to harness the power of the bystander to provide alternative ways of responding to hate crime. We recruited 35 community Bystander Intervention Ambassadors. They were trained to understand more about the role bystanders can play and difference they can make. They are now cascading their knowledge to raise awareness about safe bystander interventions in the wider community.


Do you like our project? We need your support to spread the message across the world! Choose how you would like to get on board. 


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Stand by Me project offers new approach to tackling hate. There is still a lot we do not know about people's motivations to help and we need your help!

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Host a discussion

Download our quiz and have a discussion about bystander interventions with your friends and colleagues


Whether it's information on bystander apathy or intervention guide, we have every resource you need.


Bystander Intervention Leaflet

Our comprehensive Bystander Intervention Leaflet offers information on bystander apathy, safe interventions, hate crime strands and ways of reporting
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See, Report, Support:  A3 Poster 

Do you want to raise awareness about bystander intervention in your workplace, cafe, or community centre? Download our printable poster. 

See, Report Support: Infographic

Do you want to write about bystander intervention on your blog or website? Why not include our See, Report, Support infographic?
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