Green Dot is a bystander intervention initiative that recognizes that most people care about the high prevalence of power based personal violence but don’t have the tools to know how to be part of the solution. Green Dot seeks to change the culture by activating people that may not have been directly impacted by power based personal violence. We recognize that power based personal violence prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
The initiative uses the concept of Green Dots (actions taken to eliminate/prevent Red Dots) displacing Red Dots (potential/real acts of violence). Actions can be reactive-responding to a Red Dot in the moment, or proactive- preemptively demonstrating a Green Dot. According to the CDC, this program has a greater than 50 percent reduction in frequency of sexual violence perpetration and has been implemented at Vanderbilt, University of Virginia, and University of Kentucky.
Source: Coker, Ann L., Cook-Craig, Patricia G., Williams, Corrine M., Fisher, Bonnie S., Clear, Emily R., Garcia, Lisandra S., & Hegge, Lea M., (2011). Evaluation of Green Dot: An Active Bystander Intervention to Reduce Sexual Violence on College Campuses. Violence against Women. 17(6): 777-796
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