Green Dot Bystander Intervention

One of Saint Mary’s five core principles is “Respect for All Persons”. Ours is a community where violence is not tolerated and the expectation is that everyone does their part to promote a community of care and concern.  

What is Green Dot?

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.

What are Green Dots and Red Dots?

Red Dots: Moments of potential harm to one or more members of our community are represented by red dots. Examples of red dots include: the decision to have sex with someone without their consent, the moment a person decides to physically or emotionally harm someone, an organization hazing a new member, or any other time in which someone is made to feel unsafe on our campus. 

Green Dots: Any action that we take to stop or diffuse a potential red-dot situation, help someone in need, or stop any form of violence. By showing others that we won't tolerate violence and that we as active versus passive bystanders will do what we can in creating culture change. 

Proactive Green Dot: Small, daily choices we make to communicate two norms: (1) Violence is not ok and will not be tolerated. (2) Everyone needs to do their part to help.


“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa