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Green Dot is a bystander intervention program that seeks to engage and mobilize community members in their role in preventing violence. 

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The Green Dot Metaphor

Imagine a map of your community…. 

And on that map, red dots begin to appear. A Red Dot is a moment in time when someone chooses to use their actions or words to hurt someone else. A red dot is hitting a partner or the choice to have sex with someone without their consent.
 

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Now imagine green dots beginning to appear on the map. A Reactive Green Dot happens when someone chooses to use their actions or words to stop a red dot from happening. These choices make it less likely that a red dot will appear on the map. 

 

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A Proactive Green Dot is something we can do to begin stopping red dots before they even start. If all the blank space on our map is filled with green dots, there are no room for red dots. 

Examples of Proactive Green Dots include wearing a Green Dot pin, posting a link to a bystander story on your social media page, telling friends about the Green Dot program, or complimenting someone for stepping up in a potentially harmful situation.
 

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A Green Dot does not have to be a BIG thing. It can be a small thing. It can be checking in on a friend in a new relationship that you are worried about, spilling a drink at a party to diffuse an escalating situation, giving someone a ride home, or setting off your car alarm to cause a distraction.  The most important thing is to do something that feels realistic to you.

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The program includes the following components.

  • Green Dot Bystander Trainings
    • This 5-6 hour interactive training is designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. Participants learn the 3 D’s – Direct, Delegate and Distract 
  • Green Dot Overviews
    • These short talks range from 5 minutes to an hour and introduce the basic elements of Green Dot while using persuasive and inspirational language to engage participants into immediate action. 
  • Green Dot Social Marketing
    • Time-limited action events that are fun and engaging are done to promote two social norms 1) violence will not be tolerated, and 2) everyone is expected to do their part to contribute to community safety and respect.
       

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In North Dakota, the Division of Injury and Violence Prevention funds four communities to implement the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy.

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Visit the websites below for more information local efforts

Green Dot Greater Grand Forks

Green Dot Bismarck-Mandan (website under construction)

Green Dot Valley City

Green Dot Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo (website under construction)

 

For more information on the Green Dot Strategy visit Alteristic.org