U.S. Air Force

Unexpected Messengers

Our Senior Training team trained more than 4,500 Airmen from across the world to implement the Green Dot strategy on their bases. Leveraging the power of unexpected messengers, our audience of Airmen represented civilian and active duty from diverse backgrounds. As these Airmen trained their peers and colleagues, they harnessed their personal passion, social influence, and skill as trainers to motivate and equip participants for positive impact within their spheres of influence.

The 182nd Airlift Wing announced plans to implement the Green Dot violence-prevention initiative into its sexual assault prevention and response program in 2016. The program helps highlight how individual choices combat abuse in military and civilian communities, said Wing Executive Officer Lt. Col. Steven Thomas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Beyond Reactive

Primary prevention is about stopping interpersonal violence and harassment long before it happens. Our strategies focus on building resilience and equipping Airmen with the tools they need to contribute daily to a culture that supports dignity and respect. This proactive approach has inspired many bases to develop creative ways to spread the message that interpersonal violence is never okay and that everyone is expected to do their part.

Collaborative, Cross-disciplinary, Comprehensive

A necessary ingredient to creating and sustaining culture change is eroding silos across related disciplines. We identify ways to collaborate, integrate, and reinforce shared messages. We have partnered with dedicated professionals across the Air Force, representing issues including sexual assault, suicide, family violence, alcohol, resilience, and life skills. Our key allies include chaplains, community support coordinators, mental health providers, and leadership at all levels. This cross-disciplinary approach is strengthening capacity to develop and implement a comprehensive primary prevention strategy that enhances the well-being and safety of every Airman.

Green Dot bystander training at Air Force base.
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One Airman’s Story

During a recent TDY assignment, an Airman explained, “A group of us were by the hotel lounge and an Airman came up to me saying, ‘Hey, there’s a girl over there who looks like she is becoming uncomfortable by a guy who won’t leave her alone. Should we do something about it?” The Airman continued, “The guy at the bar was a big guy, and I definitely was not comfortable going with a direct approach, but we knew we could try a few different things to mitigate the situation.” The Airmen decided to delegate by engaging a group of men who looked like they knew the intoxicated man. Once the Airmen mentioned their friend seemed to be drunk, the group removed him from the situation and the young woman was no longer bothered.

Research

RCT Testing Bystander Effectiveness to Reduce Violence

American Journal of Preventative Medicine

This study evaluated the Green Dot bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence and related forms of interpersonal violence in 26 high schools over 5 years and showed a significant decrease in sexual violence perpetration and also in other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration and victimization.

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Challenge and Opportunity in Evaluating a Diffusion-Based Active Bystander Prevention

This article explores the methodology of a 5-year, CDC funded study of the Green Dot bystander program as it is implemented in high schools across Kentucky. It is the first of several articles in this special issue of the Violence Against Women journal which discusses the evaluation of Green Dot in high schools.

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Evaluation of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention to Reduce Interpersonal Violence Among College Students Across Three Campuses Violence Against Women

This study compared rates of violence by type among undergraduate students attending a college campus with the GreenDot bystander intervention with students at two colleges without bystander programs and explains that victimization rates were significantly lower among students attending the campus with Green Dot relative to the two other campuses.

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