The Healing Program along with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs has launched a new violence prevention program called the Green Dot Strategy. 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. Specifically, the program targets socially influential individuals from across community subgroups. The goal is for these groups to engage in a basic education program that will equip them to integrate moments of prevention within existing relationships and daily activities. By doing so, new norms will be introduced and those within their sphere of influence will be significantly influenced to more from passive agreement that violence is wrong, to active intervention. Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The “new behavior” is a green dot.

       We are going into the high schools and working with students and staff as well as community members and businesses to implement bystander intervention and to prevent violence before it ever occurs!

       For more information on the Green Dot Strategy or to find out how you could become a member of a community team to support the movement, please call 606-886-4420 or email kelly.baldridge@mtcomp.org.

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