What is Power-Based Personal Violence?
Power-based personal violence is a form of violence that has a primary motivator: assertion of power, control, and/or intimidation in order to harm another. Examples include dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program aims to prevent violence through the help of bystanders. Reducing the number of those on our campus who experience power-based personal violence can really happen. Our campus really can become safer. While no one has to do everything, if each of us does one or two or seven green dots, soon our maps will begin to change from red to green.
1) Violence will not be tolerated
2) Everyone is expected to do their part in maintaining a safe campus community
A green dot does not have to be a BIG thing. We can reduce power-based personal violence on our campus by spreading reactive green dots. In fact, the only way this violence will be reduced is when the green dots begin to outnumber and displace the red dots.
What is a Bystander?
A bystander is a person who is present at an event or incident but not involved. Green Dot educates students and employees to intervene as a violence prevention program by becoming active (proactive and reactive) bystanders.
We're good people who want to do the right thing, yet there is often something that keeps us silent, even when our gut is telling us to do something; these are called "barriers." The three main types of barriers are listed below:
How To Help - The Three D's of Bystander Intervention
When you see a concerning behavior, use the Three D's to help you think about a way you can help intervene. The most important thing is that you think of green dots that feel realistic in your life. If you're running into one of your barriers (see above), the 3 D's offer you different options to allow you to do something.
Types of Green Dots
The Research Says…
The core elements of Green Dot programs are informed by rigorous research and evaluation. Green Dot has been implemented across the US Air Force, other branches of the military, colleges/universities, high schools, communities, organizations, and internationally.
In a 5-year longitudinal study, Green Dot was shown to reduce violence perpetration by up to 50% in Kentucky high schools. Other studies found a 17% reduction in colleges.
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Albion Green Dot Statistics