Green Dots at Vanderbilt aims to decrease power-based personal violence on campus by utilizing education, outreach, and staff development as mechanisms for increasing awareness and competency around bystander intervention skills.
Green Dots at Vanderbilt aspires to:
- Integrate into all aspects of campus life,
- Increase faculty and staff support;
- Demonstrate cultural competency to better serve diverse populations; and
- Implement best practices to enhance programmatic efforts.
Why the Green Dot?
A green dot symbolizes a single moment in time that can be used to end perpetration or support victims of power-based personal violence. Through your words, choices and actions in any given moment, you can add a green dot to our map–interupting a potential incidence of power-based personal violence, or a red dot–and make a difference. Adding a green dot will increase community safety for everyone. If each of us adds 1 or 2 or 5 or 100 green dots, we will reduce the perpetration of violence–one green dot at a time.
Green dots are divided into two categories: proactive and reactive. Proactive green dots are things people can do to prevent power-based personal violence from happening; reactive green dots are things people can do to intervene in a red dot situation. You may find examples of proactive and reactive green dots below. For more information about resources for someone who has experienced power-based personal violence, please click here.
Proactive Green Dots:
- Have conversations about ending power-based personal violence with your friends
- Wear a green dots button
- Do a paper or class class assignment on power-based personal violence prevention
- Look out for friends at parties, bars, online and in other high-risk situations
- Attend power-based personal violence prevention events
- Believe that power-based personal violence is unacceptable and say it out loud
- Work to bring an education program to your class, group, team or organization
- Volunteer with your local service providers
- Check in with friends if you are concerned about their safety and connect them to help
- Put green dot information on your Facebook page and your email signature line
- Display a green dot cling on your window
- Tell other people about your green dots
- Talk about green dots to one new person each week
Reactive Green Dots:
- If I suspect that my friend is in an abusive relationship, I ask her/him and provide information about resources available.
- If I suspect a friend has been sexually assaulted, I let her/him know I am here if they want to talk.
- If I hear someone yelling and fighting, I call 911.
- If I see someone spike another person’s drink, I stop them and call police or get someone else to.
- If I see a friend grab, push or insult a potential victim, I say something, go get help or get someone else to.
- If I see a stranger grab, push or insult someone, I say something or go get help or get someone else to.
- If I see a friend take an intoxicated person up the stairs, I stop and ask what is going on – or create a distraction to interrupt the situation.
- If someone appears upset, I ask if they are okay.
- If I see hurtful information about someone I know online, I tell them about it.
- If I notice someone has a large bruise, I ask how they were hurt.
- If I see a person sexually assaulting another person, I intervene.
- I talk to my friends about consent… and how they should wait until their partner verbalizes his/her feelings.
- If I hear about or see people bullying someone online, I intervene.
- If I choose to leave a party early, I account for the people I came with.
- I share statistics with my friends about power-based personal violence.
- If someone needs my help and I don’t have the answer, I tap my resources and find someone who does.
- I work to ensure organizations I am involved in collaborate with prevention efforts on campus.
- I take the opportunity to write papers or give speeches in class about the issue of violence.
- I strike up conversations with my friends about the importance of intervening in potentially high-risk situations.
- If I hear what sounds like yelling or fighting through my dorm or apartment walls, I talk with an RA or someone else who can help.
- Educate myself about power-based personal violence and what I can do about it.
- Encourage a friend to get the Green Dot Bystander training.