Create a distraction Do what you can to interrupt the situation. A distraction can give the person at risk a chance to get to a safe place.

  • Jump into the conversation with a diversion like, “Let’s get pizza, I’m starving,” or “This party is lame. Let’s try somewhere else.”

Ask directly Talk directly to the person who might be in trouble.

  • Ask questions like “Who did you come here with?” or “Would you like me to stay with you?”

Refer to an authority Sometimes the safest way to intervene is to refer to a neutral party with the authority to change the situation, like a security guard, bartender or college dorm RA.

  • Seek out someone in authority and let them know about your concerns. Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you are concerned for someone else’s safety.

Enlist others It can be intimidating to approach a situation alone. Enlist another person to step in with you.

  • Bring a friend to talk to the person at risk, or enlist someone else to escort them away. Say something like, “Your friend looks like they’ve had a lot to drink. Can you check on them?”