Women's Center


In addition to providing therapeutic services, the Women’s Center also provides education and training initiatives focused on preventing gender violence.


The Women's Center offers an array of programs for students as well as faculty and staff geared toward gender violence prevention. Click on a program title below to learn more.  

Courageous Conversations was created to give space for female identified folks from the African Diaspora to discuss issues in the community at large. Courageous Conversations give Black Women at Duke the opportunity to explore the effects of misogynoir, oppression, and violence experienced and offer tools for navigating the terrain at Duke and beyond.  Some of the issues Courageous Conversations address are:

  • 60% of Black girls are sexually assaulted by before their 18th birthday.
  • Black women are only 8% of the population but represent 29% of all women who are victims of intimate partner homicide.
  • 93% of Black women who are murdered are murdered by Black men.
  • Black women in their 20s are 11x more likely to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after giving birth than White women are.

The Barbershop talks was created to give space for male identified folks from the African Diaspora to discuss issues in the community at large. The goals of The Barbershop Talks are:

  • Create a campus community that is safe for all students
  • Reduce the number of women of color affected by sexual violence
  • Engage students of color in the prevention efforts on and off campus
  • Activate bystanders into action


Specialized training

At this time our staff is not offering specialized training, however we are still providing our current trainings via Zoom. Please find a facilitator’s guide below that includes some helpful bystander techniques.  We share and discuss these techniques in every educational session.  

Discuss with participating Leaders: 

  • Know the power and privilege you hold.  

  • Create a community to keep all students safe. 

Basic Bystander Intervention 101 

We're not asking you to START influencing your friends, because YOU ALREADY DO! We're asking you to influence them positively in the prevention of gender violence and creating a safe environment at Duke. Here are the basics of bystander intervention to stop violence in the moment. 

Intervention 101 


Individuals who witness emergencies, criminal events or situations that could lead to criminal events and by their presence may have the opportunity to provide assistance, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior. 

Positive Bystander Model 

Our prevention efforts take a wider community approach rather than simply targeting individuals as potential perpetrators or victims. 

The 4 D’s of Intervention 

Direct - Going directly to the source to intervene and stop the inappropriate behavior. 
--"You’ll have to leave if you don’t stop doing that.” 
--“Are you okay?” 
--Little lies 

Distract - A creative way to distract and potentially stop the inappropriate behavior. 
--Spill your drink 
--Turn off the music 
--“Hey! Your car is being towed!” 

Delegate - If you are not comfortable being the person to intervene, you can delegate for someone else to step in and help. This person can be a Resident Assistant (RA), Campus Police office, or City Police. 

Delay - Delayed intervention is intervening and supporting someone after an incident as occurred. You can still be of great support to someone after something has happened; therefore delayed intervention is an important strategy as well. 

Safety While Intervening 

Bystander intervention is important, but it is also meant to be safe. It is extremely important to consider your safety when stepping up and intervening in a situation. 

“No one is expected to do everything but everyone is expected to do something.”