The number of female veteran patients who "experience public harassment by men veterans at Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities," according to a study published online before print in the journal Women's Health Issues -- Staff and Patient Perspectives on Bystander Intervention Training to Address Patient-Initiated Sexual Harassment in Veterans Affairs Healthcare Settings.
Bystander intervention training—teaching bystanders to identify harassment, assess appropriate responses, and safely intervene before, during, or after an event—is a popular strategy for addressing harassment in military and education settings. We explored staff and veteran patient perspectives on bystander intervention training to address harassment of women veterans in VA health care settings.
Participants expressed divergent views about bystander intervention training to address harassment of women veteran patients at VA. Most participants supported training staff in bystander intervention, but support for training patients was mixed.