The 3 D's of Intervention

The three D's of intervention are keywords to keep in mind when deciding how to intervene. 


  1. Direct: Step in and address the situation directly. This might look like saying, "That's not cool. Please stop." or "Hey, leave them alone." This technique tends to work better when the person that you're trying to stop is someone that knows and trusts you. It does not work well when drugs or alcohol are involved because someone's ability to have a conversation with you about what is going on may be impaired, and they are more likely to become defensive.

  2. Distract: Distract any of the people in the situation to intervene. This might look like saying, "Hey, aren't you in my Spanish class?" or "Who wants to go get pizza?" This technique is especially useful when drugs or alcohol are being used because people under the influence are more easily distracted than those that are sober.

  3. Delegate: Find others who can help you to intervene in the situation. This might look like asking a friend to distract one person in the situation while you distract the other ("splitting" or "defensive split"), asking someone to go sit with them and talk, or going and starting a dance party right in the middle of their conversation. If you didn't know either person in the situation, you could also ask around to see if someone else does and check in with them. See if they can go talk to their friend, text their friend to check in, or intervene. 

You can always delegate to the RA on-duty. You can find them in the RA resource room in W, or you can call (941) 780-8441. You can also contact campus police by hitting a blue emergency pole or by calling (941) 487-4210.


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