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What's Your Green Dot?

    Green Dot for Students

    • Tell a friend that ending violence is important to you.
    • Add the phrase “Green Dot Supporter” to your Facebook or Twitter profiles.
    • Using email, text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat – send a mass message out to all of your friends stating that violence prevention matters to you, and give them the link to campus or community resources.
    • Follow Green Dot on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    • If you are concerned that a friend of yours might be a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help and respect their answer.
    • Attend a program or event designed to raise awareness about violence.
    • Create a fund-raiser for a campus or community organization that works to address violence.
    • Work to bring an education program to your class or group.
    • Hang a Green Dot poster on your door.
    • Hang an “I’m Green Dot Trained” placard on your door.

    Green Dot for Athletes

    • Talk to your coach about having a Green Dot training or overview speech for your team.
    • If your whole team can’t attend a training, come to one of the open bystander trainings offered throughout the year.
    • Talk to your coach about hosting a “Green Dot Game” to promote awareness about power-based personal violence and show your team’s commitment to ending it.
    • Talk to your coach about adding a Green Dot to your uniforms to show your team’s commitment to ending violence.

    Green Dot for Staff & Administrators

    • Recognize risk factors associated with violence and ensure that faculty, staff, and students are provided with adequate training to respond.
    • Ensure adequate funding for prevention and intervention efforts.
    • Talk with colleagues about your personal commitment to violence prevention and Green Dot.
    • Integrate references to the Green Dot initiative and the importance of violence prevention into speeches and public addresses.
    • Educate yourself and your staff about sexual violence, partner violence, stalking and abuse.
    • Bring Green Dot training to your next staff meeting, organization meeting or retreat.
    • Ensure that you have effective policies in place to assure safety in the workplace and support victims of violence.

    Green Dot for Faculty

    Show Your Support

    • Wear a Green Dot item and be prepared to explain what it means.
    • Place a Green Dot on your office door so students know you support prevention and their efforts as bystanders.
    • Hang a Green Dot poster in your office or classroom.
    • Have local resources’ brochures visibly available in your office and/or classroom.
    • Have link to your local service providers’ websites on all the web pages over which you have influence. (See the resources page for local resources).
    • Three times per semester, simply ask your classes “What green dots have you done or seen lately?” Research tells us that this simple task provides significant reinforcement of green dot behaviors.

    Role Model

    • Role model respectful language, compassion toward survivors, approach-ability, and looking out for others.
    • Ask your department head or supervisor to bring a bystander training to your whole department.
    • Have a conversation with your colleagues and students about what they can be doing to spread green dots.
    • Where appropriate, bring educational programming on interpersonal violence to your classes.
    • Where appropriate, include topics in your classes that address prevention and intervention of partner violence, sexual assault, stalking and bullying.
    • Make it clear to your students that if they are dealing with violence, you are a safe person to approach for support and referrals.
    • Become familiar with campus and community resources, and make referrals if needed.
    • Consider conducting research that furthers our understanding of violence prevention.
    • Assign readings or papers or journal topics on the issue of power-based personal violence.

    Build Relationships

    • Build positive, trusting relationships with students; particularly those who may be experiencing violence or other adversities outside of class.


    • Use your relationships and departmental or interdepartmental partnerships to discuss ways in which to support students as bystanders, support survivors, and improve safety for positive outcomes in the classroom.

    Share Your Own Experience

    • Create an opportunity to share your own experience as a bystander and how it made you feel, then and now. Or, you may have had a situation when you were at risk and someone did or didn’t help. You may have been in a situation where you saw something and did or didn’t help. Sharing your own experience will help your students process their experiences and become more active bystanders.

    Talk to your students about being active bystanders: 
    Talking points for student bystanders:

    • The choices you make matter.
    • You’re not a bad person because you don’t always get involved.
    • There are a lot of options. You don’t have to do something directly. It’s best to pick the option that is best for you, depending on the situation and what’s coming up for you.
    • What makes it hard for you?
    • This is what makes it hard for me…
    • What are ways of intervening that feel realistic to you?

    Proactive Green Dots for People Who Don't Have Time to do Green Dots

    • Donate to a local rape crisis center or domestic violence shelter and write “Green Dot Supporter” in the memo line.
    • Hang one of our Green Dot posters on your room or office door.
    • Hang one of our “I’m Green Dot Trained” placards on your door.
    • Put a link to campus or community resources on any website you have access to.
    • Send a mass e-mail to your contact list with a simple message like, “This issue is important to me and I believe in the goal of reducing violence on campus.”
    • Next time you are walking to class with a friend or taking a lunch break with a co-worker, have one conversation about Green Dot and tell your friend that ending violence matters to you.
    • Add the phrase “Ending violence one Green Dot at a time” to your Facebook or Twitter account.
    • Make one announcement to one group or organization you are involved in, telling them about Green Dot.
    • Write a paper or do a class assignment on violence prevention.
    • Wear a Green Dot item and be willing to explain Green Dot to anyone who asks.


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