November 15, 2017 at 11:41 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
DC Center offers ‘Bystander Intervention’ training

anti-violence project, gay news, Washington BladeThe DC Center for the LGBT Community’s Anti-Violence Project is offering a special training session on Sunday, Nov. 19, called “Bystanders Who Won’t Stand By: Skills Based Intervention Training.”

The three-hour training session, among other things, will provide “creative strategies for responding to incidents of harassment and ways to de-escalate aggressive behavior,” according to a write-up on the D.C. Center’s website.

“We believe in building a culture of active bystanders through whose actions we reduce verbal and physical violence and oppression, while promoting community and respect,” the write-up says. “Get trained and equip yourself with ways you can play a role in stopping harassment and violence.”

The training session will be held from 12-3 p.m. at the D.C. Center’s offices in the Reeves Center municipal building at 2000 14th St., N.W. A $10 fee is requested but “no one will be turned away,” the write-up says.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

1 Comment
  • This kind of training is definitely needed. But why isn’t MPD’s LGBT Liaison Unit involved with this effort?

    MPD’s police service has gotten noticeably worse in the past year or so– especially in responding to 911 calls for police help and routine law enforcement. What’s worse,

    MPD’s District Station officers have become downright insulting of residents offering to help. Police excuse-making and abuse of callers seeking help cannot be tolerated

    Mayor Bowser and DC Council’s Judiciary/ Public Safety Committee should be finding out why DC’s District Station services are becoming so non-responsive and abusive of the public they are sworn to serve.

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