The Women’s Center has partnered with Eastern Florida State College to institute the Green Dot initiative. Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy focused on preventing dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and bullying. Emphasizing the power of the bystander, we train faculty, staff, and students in intervention methods with the ultimate goal of setting two new social norms on Eastern Florida State College campuses:
Violence will not be tolerated
Everyone can, and should, do their part to prevent personal violence
The Green Dot curriculum is unique because it addresses barriers to intervening in instances of power-based personal violence and gives realistic solutions for bystanders to use should these instances arise. Bystanders can intervene using a Direct approach, they can Delegate to someone else, or they can Distract a situation, depending on barriers and the specific situation. These solutions, or the “Three D’s”, are taught through interactive activities and engaging discussions on each campus. Using these techniques we instill the core of Green Dot’s purpose – to teach students that to solve a problem – No one person has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.