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Green Dots

Our Mission:

Green Dot 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 Dot 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.