De-Escalation and bystander intervention training and resources

BDI’s project on de-escalation and bystander/up-stander intervention aims to build awareness, make connections, and develop networks in order to support local communities across the U.S. who are facing heightened risk of political violence. To meet this goal we are building a catalog of existing resources and training, help build collaboration and networks, and connect (when relevant and needed) de-escalation resources with state and local officials.

 

This initial directory of community safety and de-escalation training and resources is a work in progress and will be expanded in the coming weeks and months to include more local training and resources. 

 

  • DCPT provides training in nonviolent strategies and tactics including de-escalation and bystander intervention techniques. Additionally, they provide unarmed civilian protection and accompaniment in local communities as well as public events such as rallies, protests, and demonstrations. They are based in Washington DC and offer their services around the U.S., as well as in other countries.
  • Upcoming training can be found here.  
  • Focus areas: nonviolence, unarmed civilian protection, de-escalation, restorative justice, nonviolent communication, trauma awareness, anti-racism, meditation

 

 

 

 

  • AAF serves the Asian American and immigrant community in New York City. They advocate for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants. AAF launched the Hope Against Hate Campaign in response to the rise in anti-Asian incidents. The campaign works to establish safety ambassadors, support services for victims of hate incidents, and provide safety training. 
  • Upcoming trainings: AAF has partnered with Nonviolent Peaceforce to provide a two-part virtual training series on community safety strategies that includes community mapping, threat assessment, de-escalation, and situational awareness. Register for trainings.
  • Resources:
  • Focus areas: de-escalation, by-stander intervention, community safety, self-defense

 

 

  • MPT works to educate the public about non-violent practice, provide training in active non-violence and de-escalation skills, recruit and train peace teams that are placed internationally and in the United States, and coordinate with local peace and justice groups. MPT’s training manual notes, “MPT trains individuals in nonviolence and places violence reduction peace teams (when invited) in war zones and places of conflict where there is a likelihood of violence.”
  • Upcoming trainings: Click here.
  • Focus areas: non-violence, unarmed civilian peacekeeping, de-escalation

 

 

  • Training Active Bystanders (TAB) is a skill-building process that helps participants recognize when they are witnessing harm, to analyze those situations, and evaluate consequences to taking action. Workshop participants join together to gain active bystander competencies and to discuss plans for acting in the moment of need or later. 
    • TAB teaches how bystanders can interrupt harmful situations and generate positive actions instead of remaining passive and being complicit. It does not mean aggression against the harm doer.  TAB takes a nonviolent approach, which opens the possibility for the harm doer to change.
    • We address all of the many forms of harm doing in the TAB training.  We believe the skills gained from the training can be utilized in most any situation of harm doing. TAB is also about responding positively to helpful behaviors, and engaging with people beyond your normal circle.  
    • The 2.5-hour workshop is offered synchronously online and trained by two trainers for a group of up to 22 participants. In-person trainings can include a few more participants. The reason for a small group is to allow for full participation and engagement. We also offer a 9-hour training for trainers' program available to people who have completed the 2.5-hour TAB workshop.
  • Upcoming trainings: TAB offers trainings in schools, to community members, and for workplaces.
  • Resources: 
  • Focus areas: by-stander intervention, training for trainers, schools, community, workplaces

 

 

  • Right to Be provides free and customized training to prevent and respond to harassment, de-escalate conflict, by-stander intervention, and to build resilience. Training topics include stopping anti-Asian hate, attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, workplace harassment, online abuse and by-stander intervention, street harassment, and more. They also work with organizations to design trainings that are customized to a specific community. 
  • Upcoming trainings: Click here
  • Focus areas: by-stander intervention, workplaces

 

 

  • CISA is a U.S. federal agency that is tasked to “understand, manage, and reduce risk” to cyber and physical infrastructure including election infrastructure. CISA currently does not conduct de-escalation training, but does provide de-escalation resources for operators of critical infrastructure. 
  • Resources:
  • Focus areas: de-escalation

 

 

  • CRS is component of the Department of Justice and is the “only federal agency dedicated to working with community groups to resolve community conflicts and prevent and respond to alleged hate crimes arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.”
  • Training: According to CRS’ website, “CRS provides training programs to improve local capacity to address conflicts, de-escalate tensions, and prevent disputes. Our training programs provide representatives from government, faith organizations, law enforcement, civil rights groups, and other community organizations with knowledge and skills that increase understanding and improve collaboration between diverse stakeholders.” More information here.
  • Focus areas: bridge building, conflict mediation, risk reduction, public meeting safety

 

 

This initial directory of community safety and de-escalation training and resources is a work in progress and will be expanded in the coming weeks and months to include more local training and resources.