Project Safe: Resources And Support for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

24-Hour Crisis/Support Hotline: (615) 322-SAFE (7233)

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Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training

The Green Dot bystander intervention curriculum is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. 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.  Project Safe offers a one-hour introductory educational program and six-hour training sessions through the Green Dot program, which is supported by many faculty and staff volunteers.  All Green Dot facilitators have completed a four-day trainer certification program.

Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault Online Module
As part of Vanderbilt’s ongoing efforts to enhance awareness of the university’s initiatives and resources to prevent power-based personal violence, incoming students are required to complete Haven, a 45-minute interactive module. Haven educates students about the types of power-based personal violence, prevention strategies including bystander intervention, as well as relevant laws, policies, warning signs, and campus resources.  Incoming students are required to complete Part 1 of the module by August 26, 2015.  They may access Part 2 of the module 45 days after completing Part 1.  A parent version of the module is available.  Please email for information on how to enroll.

The Escalation Workshop
The Escalation Workshop, developed by the One Love foundation, is a 90-minute workshop consisting of a video and facilitated discussion on the topic of relationship violence. Participants will learn about the prevalence and warning signs of dating violence and how to support a friend. Learn more about Team One Love and the Escalation workshop:

Identifying Students in Distress (for Faculty & Staff)
Project Safe, the Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education, and the Psychological and Counseling Center have partnered to offer this training to help faculty and staff learn how to identify and support students in distress, who may have or be experiencing power-based personal violence, need support related to substance abuse or mental health. To request this presentation, email

Effective Consent Programming
Project Safe offers a variety of programs designed to help students better understand effective consent.  We are available to serve as speakers, panelists, moderators, or facilitators for programs and events in the residence halls and working with interested students and student organizations.  Recent programs include Sex Ed & Healthy Relationships Trivia Night, the ‘I Mustache You for Consent’ card campaign, and participation in men’s health fairs and campus safety programs.  Email for more information or to request a program.

Supporting a Survivor
Project Safe provides information in a variety of formats to those interested in learning how to better support those who have experienced power-based personal violence.  We are happy to meet with individual students, groups of students. or student organizations to discuss what appropriate and constructive support looks like in the immediate aftermath of an incident, in the weeks following an assault, and over time. Email for more information or to request a program.

R.A.D. Self-Defense Program
The Vanderbilt University Police Department offers the Rape Aggression Defense System program, which teaches realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. The program aims to provide participants with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.






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The following services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Project Safe Support Hotline: 615-322-SAFE (7233)
  • Vanderbilt University Police: 911 or 615-421-1911
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Services: 615-322-0160
  • Nashville Sexual Assault Center Hotline: 1-800-879-1999
  • YWCA Crisis and Information Line: 615-242-1199
  • Vanderbilt Project Safe staff are available at the Project Safe Center, 304 West Side Row, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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