Green Dot logo Our mission at the Green Dot is simple. We want fewer people to be hurt by power-based personal violence.

This includes sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Research shows that the Green Dot approach to violence prevention works, and so our hope for a different, safer world is stronger and more attainable than ever. Everyone's individual choices matter. We believe that by equipping our students, faculty, administrators, and staff with information about barriers to action and realistic solutions, we can mobilize our campuses and communities.

How You Can Do Green Dot

Everyone can do green dots—no matter who you are, where you live, what you like, or what you do. The list of possible green dots is endless! Here are just a few green dot suggestions.

It won't end unless you do something. So what's your Green Dot?Green Dots for Those Too Busy to Do Green Dots

  • Change your email signature line to include the statement, “Proud to be a supporter of Green Dot” and include the link to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Green Dot website.
  • Donate to a local rape crisis center or domestic violence shelter and write “Supporter of Green Dot” in the memo line.
  • 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 button and be willing to explain Green Dot to anyone who asks.

Green Dots for Men

  • Understand that men can experience sexual violence, too.
  • Ask women in your life about the impact power-based personal violence has had on them.
  • Have one conversation with one male friend or relative about Green Dot.
  • Visit the Jackson Katz website and read “10 Things Men Can Do To End Gender Violence.”
  • Have a conversation with a younger man or boy who looks up to you about how important it is for men to help end violence.
  • If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.

Green Dots for Faculty

  • Include a statement on your course syllabus that expresses support for victims of violence and intolerance of all forms of violence.
  • Where appropriate, bring educational programming on interpersonal violence to your classes.
  • 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.
  • Get training on the warning signs of potential abuse or violence, and respond when you see them.

Green Dot: Live ItGreen Dots for Staff/Administrators

  • Ensure adequate funding for prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Talk with colleagues about your personal commitment to violence prevention and Green Dot.
  • Bring Green Dot training to your next staff meeting or in-service.
  • Ensure that you have effective policies in place to assure safety in the workplace and support victims of violence.
  • Recognize risk factors associated with violence, and ensure that faculty, staff, and students are provided with adequate policy and training to respond.

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