Bystander Tips

Being a bystander is an important role – so important, in fact, we encourage you to be an Upstander. Standing up for victims when they are in crisis or in need of assistance can save a life. However, do not neglect your personal safety, either. If you or the victim are in immediate danger, call 911.

All reports made are anonymous.

What to do if you suspect abuse

  • Abuse of seniors/adults with disabilities: Call 309-637-3905 or 1-800-559-SAFE (7233) to make a report locally
  • Domestic Violence: Call 911
  • Child Abuse: Call DCFS at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873) to make a report or call CFPA crisis line 1-800-559-SAFE (7233)
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Call DCFS at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873) to make a report or call CFPA crisis line 1-800-559-SAFE (7233)
  • Sexual Assault: Call 911
  • Human Trafficking: Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline to make a report at 1-888-373-7888

What to do if you witness an act of violence

  • Call 911
  • Remember to treat the victim as you would want to be treated – with patience, kindness, and understanding
  • If you fear your personal safety by approaching, stand away, but let the individuals notice you are watching and get out your cell phone to call for help.
  • If you are in a public place such as a store or a restaurant, tell a manager or the person in charge.

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