Not on Our Grounds

A University of Virginia Initiative to End Sexual Violence

Green Dot

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The University is committed to ending sexual violence on our Grounds. To that end, we have partnered with the organization Green Dot etc. to bring their comprehensive violence prevention strategy to UVA. We officially launched the program on March 26, 2015!

Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce power-based personal violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking), a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behaviors that will make violence less sustainable in our community. Those new behaviors are green dots. Watch the video to learn more about how these behaviors impact our community and what changes you can make!

Green Dot expands the traditional approach to bystander intervention beyond reactively addressing imminently high-risk situations. It is designed as a community mobilization strategy that provides a common framework and language to engage the broader bystander community in making changes across all levels of engagement – intervention, response, policy and enforcement. The power of Green Dot is the momentum that can be created and sustained when individuals see themselves in connection with others as part of something ultimately bigger than the sum of its parts. In order to reach our goal of reducing sexual violence, the Green Dot prevention strategy is designed to establish 2 new cultural norms:

  1. Violence will not be tolerated.
  2. Everyone does their part to maintain a safe environment.
Quote: No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something

Training at UVA

In January 2015, we trained an implementation team of 130 faculty, staff, and students who are coordinating logistics, planning mobilization events, and training others on bystander intervention content as we launch this initiative. Check out the events page for Green Dot activities, as well as other prevention efforts on Grounds.

On Grounds, our team offers bystander trainings and overview talks.

  • Overview Talks are presentations that range from 45-90 minutes and  introduce the basic elements of Green Dot and provides a common language we can begin using at UVA.
  • Bystander Trainings are more in-depth sessions designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. We have a six-hour version for students and a modified version for faculty & staff.
  • To sign-up for a training or request an overview talk, click the green dots above!