Partnerships with local, state, and national governments provide a powerful opportunity to create change. By training government employees to be effective bystanders, informing policy, and writing high-level strategy to shape prevention across the country, we continue to focus on leveraging the influence and reach of government agencies as powerful changemakers.
Engaging local government was critical to implementing our flagship prevention program, Green Dot, in communities across Alaska. The Mayor of Anchorage, Ethan Berkowitz, served as a compelling leader, mobilizing his city to action to create a safer community. He provided direction and support to the Anchorage Assembly to officially declare Anchorage a Green Dot City. He wrote Green Dot training for employees into his first Mayoral Transition Plan as a top priority for the first 60 days of his administration. He encouraged all municipal employees to attend Green Dot training, modeling the importance by attending the first training himself, accompanied by several top cabinet members.
As a frequent vehicle for funding, state government agencies play a large part in steering statewide prevention efforts. We frequently partner with state policy makers and funders to ensure prevention efforts reflect best practice. Several state funders have elected to allocate prevention funds for the statewide implementation of Green Dot. The Florida Department of Health, Division of Community Health Promotion has funded the statewide implementation of Green Dot for High School, College, and Community for the past three years. This gave their communities the comprehensive approach and capacity needed to maintain the program over years and see real impact.
We consult with federal agencies to shape policy, inform strategy, and provide training. Recent projects include:
Partnering to create a primary prevention strategy that addresses sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
Partnering to set norms of respect, intolerance of interpersonal violence, and individual responsibility.
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.Read more ↗
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.Read more ↗
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.Read more ↗