GREEN DOT FOR COMMUNITY
Green Dot is an evidence-based primary prevention program designed to teach participants safe ways to intervene in situations of dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault, and child abuse. The program includes two components: the Overview Speech and the Bystander Training. The Overview Speech is a 45-minute high-level training delivered to any member of the community. The Bystander Training is a 5-hour intensive training with identified Popular Opinion Leaders (POLs), i.e. people who are respected and admired by other community members. To reach optimal effectiveness, 15% of a population must complete the Bystander Training.
After attending a Green Dot training, participants will be able to:
- Recognize red dots
- Understand importance of intervening
- Know any barriers they may have to intervening
- Identify creative ways to intervene, even with their barriers
- Set new community norms: violence is not okay and everyone is expected to do their part
HOW WE KNOW IT WORKS
Kentucky Green Dot Community Designations
KASAP has four designations for Green Dot Communities in our state. These designations help us ensure that Green Dot Community is effective and consistent everywhere it is implemented:
What’s Your Green Dot?
Green Dots are simple actions you can take in your everyday life. Some examples are:
- Directly intervening when you see a red dot situation by telling the person/people causing harm to stop or by checking in on the person experiencing the harm.
- Getting someone else involved in addressing a red dot situation, like a friend, store manager, or coworker.
- Distracting from a red dot situation by asking someone for directions or asking if they dropped a dollar.
- Having a conversation with your family and friends about why you think Green Dot is important. Posting about Green Dot on your social media.
- Including a Green Dot quote in your email signature.
Green Dot Research
Below are links to research articles about the Green Dot program.
- Challenge and Opportunity in Evaluating a Diffusion-Based Active Bystanding Prevention Program: Green Dot in High Schools. (2014)
- From Empower to Green Dot: Successful Strategies and Lessons Learned in Developing Comprehensive Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Programming. (2014)
- Multi-College Bystander Intervention Evaluation for Violence Prevention. (2016)
- RCT Testing Bystander Effectiveness to Reduce Violence. (2017)
- Do Violence Acceptance and Bystander Actions Explain the Effects of Green Dot on Reducing Violence Perpetration in High Schools? (2019)
- Bystander Program Effectiveness to Reduce Violence and Violence Acceptance Within Sexual Minority Male and Female High School Students Using a Cluster RCT. (2020)
- The Green Light for Green Dot: A Qualitative Study of Factors Influencing Adoption of an Efficacious Violence Prevention Program in High School Settings. (2020)
- Improving Social Norms and Actions to Prevent Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: A Pilot Study of the Impact of Green Dot Community on Youth. (2020))
- Bystander Intervention Efficacy to Reduce Teen Dating Violence Among High School Youth Who Did and Did Not Witness Parental Partner Violence: A Path Analysis of A Cluster RCT. (2021)
- Case Study of Community-Level Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention: Using Concept Mapping to Evaluate Community Narratives Over Time. (2021)
- How Does Green Dot Bystander Training in High School and Beyond Impact Attitudes Toward Violence and Sexism in a Prospective Cohort? (2021)