A “Green Dot” is any behavior or choice that promotes safety for all of us and communicates utter intolerance for any form of violence. A green dot is pulling a friend out of a high risk situation – a green dot is posting a status update on Facebook about bystander intervention – a green dot is donating a few dollars to your local center – a green dot is displaying an awareness poster in your office – a green dot is wearing your green dot gear – a green dot is getting someone else to step in even if you can’t – a green dot is striking up a conversation with a friend about how much this issue matters to you. A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our community safer.
The green dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence. Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations – resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence. By engaging in a basic education program that will equip them to integrate moments of prevention within existing relationships and daily activities, new norms will be introduced and those within their sphere of influence will be significantly influenced to become proactively involved.
“No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.”
For more information visit the Green Dot Website