What Is Green Dot?
A Green Dot…is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. A green dot is intervening in a high risk situation. A green dot is looking out for your friends at a party, or other high risk situation. A green dot is offering words of support to a victim of violence. A green dot is finding a safe way to intervene when you see someone being bullied. A green dot is wearing your green dot gear. A green dot is letting others know that violence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make your school safer.
The Purpose of Green Dot
With the ultimate goal of preparing organizations/communities to implement a strategy of violence prevention that consistently, measurably reduces power-based personal violence (including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and bullying), Green Dot, etc. works toward two primary objectives.
(1) Content Development. Informed by the latest research from across disciplines, as well as research conducted on our own content, we develop programs, strategies, curricula and training courses designed to address power-based personal violence across settings. In recognition of the great diversity of contexts, all of our materials are designed to serve as detailed templates – providing structured content combined with components that require culture-specific adaptation to most effectively reach the target population.
(2) Training. Regardless of content, the success of a prevention program depends heavily on the skill and competence of those implementing. Green Dot, etc. provides training courses for both leadership and front-line professionals that focus on core competency areas necessary for successful implementation of any program, such as: strategic planning, bystander mobilization, persuasive communication, coalition building, etc.