Bystander Intervention Training (free) by Somerville Commission for Women (...

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Somerville Public Library

79 Highland Avenue

Somerville, MA 02143

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If you see someone being bullied, how can you help? How can you do it safely? How can you help without the risk of making things worse? If you have ever wondered what to do in uncomfortable situations of bullying and harassment, this 3-hour class in Active Bystander Intervention techniques is for you.

Our instructor, Rona Fischman, will also teach you how to interrupt everyday social aggression with people you know -- while maintaining the relationship! -- as well as give you preparation for acting with strangers.

This class is suitable for persons 18 and older. It's an interactive class with role playing sections so you can practice what you are learning.

This class is free thanks to the financial support of Community Credit Union (, the work of the Somerville Commission for Women (SCW), and in-kind contributions from the instructor Rona Fischman. There are a limited number of places. Please sign-up only if you are sure you can attend.

Testimonial: The bystander class reversed a life-long feeling I’ve had that as an introverted person (when I’m with strangers — if I know you, I’m a big loudmouth), I could never be useful in this kind of situation. Rona Fischman is a terrific facilitator and taught me how to work with my natural reserved inclinations and that everyone has something to contribute to help keep our world respectful. That’s pretty damn amazing.

-- Sandy Deden

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun at 617-625-6600 x2323 or

More info on Bystander Intervention in general and Rona Fischman's approach in particular can be found on her website's FAQ page:

FAQs about this CCU & SCW Free Class

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 and older. (Rona Fischman also teachers a course for teens. Please see the FAQ on her site for details: )

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Somerville Public Library Main branch is on the 88 and 90 bus lines. If you are Somerville resident, there is ample street parking (with a resident parking permit sticker). There is extremely limited parking at the Library. Please strongly consider getting to this event by bus or cab, unless you have a Somerville parking permit.

What do I do if I have questions?

Contact Chris Hosman Community Service Manager: 617-625-6600 x2406

What's the attendance policy?

If you register and then can't attend, please contact Chris Hosman 617-625-6600 x2406 ASAP so that we can offer this wonderful program to someone else. We thank you for taking your committment to this training seriously.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We'll have the list of registrants at the event.

Is my ticket transferrable?

Contact the registrar 617-625-6600 x2406 if you want to transfer your ticket. Provide the name and email of the person you wish to transfer the ticket to. The registrar will change the registration.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. See "Is my ticket transferrable" above.

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