We have a problem that effects our community and our nation as a whole. A problem that many people would say, “that doesn’t happen here” or “I don’t know anyone who has been impacted”. Research and statistics will tell you it does. So what is it? It is power based personal violence; sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.
The Green Dot Strategy 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. The Green Dot Strategy is copyrighted by Dorothy J. Edwards, Ph.D., 2009