Univeristy of Kentucky’s VIP Center: Green Dot Strategy

Our previous Director of Violence Prevention sent us information about the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center at the University of Kentucky.  We’re impressed that UK has such a center and it looks like they’ve been doing some great work.

The VIP Center works with faculty, staff, students and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking.

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 proposes to target 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 move from passive agreement that violence is wrong, to active intervention.

Perhaps UF could adapt this amazing idea and apply it to their campus here in Gainesville.  That’d be just way cool.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anna Guest-Jelley
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 18:30:27

    They’re working on a high school curriculum, too!

    Reply

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