USM hosts seminar on how bystanders can intervene to prevent violence

USM hosts seminar on how bystanders can intervene to prevent violence

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Employees at the University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday learned how they could help stop physical abuse, sexual assault or other types of violence.

About two dozen employees participated in a bystander intervention training seminar, co-hosted by the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.

It focused in teaching skills and techniques they could use to safely and effectively intervene in situations where violence could be a possibility.

"Most of us want to help when we see a situation that makes us uncomfortable, but we don't know what to do and fear stops us," said Becky Malley, Title IX coordinator at Southern Miss. "And so what this training, which is being provided by the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention provides, is strategies that are either no threat or low threat, but are effective," she said.

Organizers said additional training seminars are being scheduled for the Hattiesburg campus.