What is a Green Dot? 

A Green Dot is any choice, behavior, word or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates intolerance for power-based personal violence in our UC Irvine community.  A Green Dot is ANYTHING you do to make our community safer.


Green Dots can be proactive or reactive

Proactive Green Dots

Little things you do to make it less likely that violence, or a red dot, will ever happen.  This could include having a conversation with a friend about your stance against violence, wearing a Green Dot T-shirt, requesting a UCI CARE workshop for your group, or posting an update on social media that violence is not acceptable in the UCI community.

Reactive Green Dots

The choices you make in response to a situation that you think might be high risk or might eventually lead to something high risk.  This could include stepping in when you notice something not quite right in the student neighborhood, walking a friend home when they’ve had too much to drink to be sure they make it home safely, or telling a friend to back off when you know the other person is not interested.  Reactive Green Dots come in the form of the 3D's: Direct, Distract, and Delegate.  

Three Ds to Try: Direct, Distract, Delegate

Once you identify a high risk situation and feel you can safely intervene, three ways to do so are to be direct, to distract, and to delegate. No matter what your personal barriers are, there is a way to intervene for every different type of personality. Everyone can do something to prevent violence. The examples listed below apply to any situation of power-based personal violence.

Direct

A direct Green Dot occurs when you confront the situation directly.  You can choose to address either the potential target or the person who you think is about to commit an act of violence. For example, you could say, “I’ll take care of them from here and make sure they get home safely.” If you witness someone exhibiting stalking behaviors, you can confront that person and say something like, “I’m walking with my friend to class right now. I think we’re okay with just one escort.” You can also choose to approach the potential target and ask that person directly if they feel safe or need help getting away from the concerning individual. One UCI student shared that he approached a couple he knew and said, “It’s not a good idea for the two of you to be together right now. I think you could both use some time to collect yourselves.” Being direct, when safe, is a good way to quickly address the situation and prevent violence from occurring.

Distract

This technique involves causing some form of distraction that will interrupt the situation and change the energy of the interaction before violence can occur.  You can choose to distract the target, the person about to commit violence, or both. Some examples would be to interrupt to ask for directions, spill a drink, tell someone their car is being towed or start talking to the couple and refuse to leave before the target can be isolated. One male student noticed that a female looked uncomfortable with the attention she was receiving from another male. He went up and asked the other male, “Why are you talking to my girlfriend?” The female played along and the potentially violent male left. A female UCI student shared that she distracted a friend who was in an escalating situation with her partner by asking her to go to the bathroom and help her with something. Once she was away from the situation and her violent partner, she was able to check in and ask what kind of help her friend needed.  As long as the situation is diffused and nobody’s safety is at risk, you can get creative with how you choose to distract!

Delegate

When a bystander doesn’t feel comfortable approaching the situation alone, they can involve others.  The goal of this approach is to involve another person who may be in a better position to prevent the violence from occurring.  One UCI student shared that she was at a party and told a friend she had attended with, “This situation doesn’t look right. Can you find her friends while I stay and make sure nothing bad happens?” You could also ask the host of a party to intervene. For example, “That girl is obviously really drunk and I think that guy is trying to hit on her. Will you make sure he doesn’t try to take her upstairs?” A UCI graduate student shared that when he overheard his neighbors arguing loudly for hours, he contacted the Police to check on the safety of the situation.  An undergraduate student who was concerned about her friend who shared that she was nervous about the obsessive and repeated text messages she was getting decided to tell her Resident Assistant, who could offer support and guidance and consult with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Delegating is a great way to stop any potential violence by involving other people in the situation, especially if you aren’t comfortable addressing the situation directly.

Green Dot Examples

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.
No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.  Which Green Dot will you do?


Green Dots for Those Too Busy to Do Green Dots

  • Hang a Green Dot poster on your room or office door.
  • Send a mass e-mail to your contact list with a simple message like, "This issue is important to me and I believe in the goal of reducing violence on campus."
  • Change your e-mail signature line to include the statement, "Proud to be a supporter of Green Dot" and include the link to UC Irvine’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.
  • Next time you are walking to class with a friend or taking a lunch break with a co-worker, have one conversation about Green Dot and tell your friend that ending violence matters to you.
  • Add the phrase "supporter of Green Dot; ending violence one Green Dot at a time" to your Facebook or Twitter account.
  • Make one announcement to a 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 Everyone

  • Believe that rape, abuse, and stalking are unacceptable and say it out loud.
  • Have conversations about ending violence with your friends and family.
  • Wear Green Dot gear.
  • Add “Green Dot supporter” to you e-mail signature.
  • Get someone else to intervene if you can’t.
  • Be a knowledgeable resource for victims.
  • Attend violence prevention events.
  • Make a contribution or volunteer for your local service provider.
  • Check in with your friends if you are concerned about their safety and get them connected to local resources for help.
  • Ask someone in your life about the impact personal violence has had on them or on someone they care about.
  • Ask one male-identified friend or relative what he thinks about power-based personal violence and what men could do to help stop it.
  • Tell someone in your life that conquering power-based personal violence matters to you.
  • Visit the Jackson Katz website and read "10 Things Men Can Do To End Gender Violence."
  •  If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.
  • Look out for friends in places where alcohol is served to ensure that everyone arrives and leaves together (not alone).
  • With friends, attend a program or event designed to raise awareness about violence.
  • Talk to others who care. Ask them to tell you why they do.

Green Dots for Faculty

  • Get training on the warning signs of potential abuse or violence, and respond when you see them.
  • 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.
  • Where appropriate, include topics in your classes that address prevention and intervention of partner violence, sexual assault, stalking and bullying.
  • Become familiar with campus and community resources for violence prevention and response.
  • 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.
  • Talk with faculty colleagues about the importance of prevention.

Green Dots for Staff/Administrators

  • Recognize risk factors associated with violence and ensure that faculty, staff and students are provided with adequate policy and training to respond.
  • Ensure adequate funding for prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Talk with colleagues about your personal commitment to violence prevention and Green Dot.
  • Integrate references to the Green Dot initiative and the importance of violence prevention into speeches and public addresses.
  • Educate yourself and your staff about sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and abuse.
  • 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.

Proactive Green Dots

  • Wear or display a Green Dot button, T-shirt, sticker, lanyard, or keychain one day this week, and explain to at least one person what it means.
  • Attend the next Green Dot Bystander Training.
  • Recommend to 2-3 of your friends that they attend the next Green Dot Bystander Training.
  • Bring a friend to an awareness event.
  • Put a Green Dot on your team uniform, and explain what it is at halftime or in fliers that attendees get when they come to the game.
  • Write an article or letter to the editor of the New University expressing your opinion about violence-prevention efforts and/or student involvement.
  • Write a paper about sexual assault, bullying, partner violence, or stalking in one of your classes.
  • Spend 15 minutes online learning about power-based personal violence experienced by college students.
  • Ask a Green Dot presenter to come to your class or group/team meeting to explain how you and your classmates/teammates can become active bystanders in violence prevention.
  • Talk to a leader in a student organization that you are involved in and recommend that the membership take the Green Dot Bystander Training.
  • Post a message on Facebook about a Green Dot you did, a training you attended, or any other statement of support.
  • Write out your own personal connection to power-based personal violence (perhaps you or someone you care about has been negatively affected by it). Share this with someone in your life this week.