Choose Respect: Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


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Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy

Choose Respect  -  Program Highlight

Visualize a map filled with red dots representing the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. The red dots symbolize words or actions that hurt another person, or let someone be hurt. Red dots include hitting one’s partner or hurting a child. They also include situations like using words to threaten someone or making a choice that you know will result in someone being hurt. 
Green Dot MapNow imagine the same map, only it includes green dots in the middle of the red dots. Each green dot represents someone doing something to make their community safer. These green dots include standing up to violence, calling 911 if you suspect someone being hurt, or being there for someone when they need you. Green dots can also represent volunteering in your community or speaking to friends about why these things are important to you.
The Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy promotes violence prevention by providing community members with the skills needed to stop violence before it occurs. Green Dot focuses on preventing violence every day through routine behaviors.
Being a green dot and making the choice to get involved do not necessarily mean putting yourself in harm’s way. There are a hundred different ways to intervene based on your comfort level. Using humor, distracting someone, or anonymously getting help can positively alter a stressful situation. 
Alaskans all have a role to play! We can courageously challenge red dot behavior plaguing our communities by replacing them with green dots. Remember, "No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something." What’s your green dot? What's your action?

Green Dot in Alaska

Green DotThere are far too many red dots in Alaska. The rate of domestic and sexual violence is intolerable, with 59 out of every 100 adult women having been victimized by one or both of these forms of violence at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, Alaskans are doing something to change these statistics with efforts like Green Dot. Collectively, these efforts will reduce violence and ensure a safe future for all Alaskans in relationships, homes, and communities.

Green Dot Alaska is a creative and innovative program that is still in its infant stages. Building on Governor Sean Parnell’s Choose Respect Initiative, Green Dotthe Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) is working with Green Dot, etc., Inc., the developer and training director, to revise the curriculum, implement the strategy, and develop a Train the Trainer model for Alaska. Over the next three years CDVSA and Green Dot, etc. Inc. will be piloting the strategy in six communities across Alaska: Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, and Prince of Wales Island (Klawock, Hydaburg, and Craig).

In addition to implementing the strategy, community residents at these sites have the opportunity to become part of an Alaska-based training bureau for Green Dot. The goal is for the Green Dot Alaska program (G-DAK) to become self-sustaining and available for implementation across the state following the developer's work in Alaska. 

Click here to watch Green Dot PSAs produced by CDVSA.

How you can get involved

If you would like to learn more about upcoming Green Dot events, contact CDVSA at (907) 465-4356 or visit

Visit Green Dot's website at

Click here to learn ways you can effect positive changes in your community.

Green Dot Alaska in the news

Green Dot Asks Alaskans to Help Stop Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence
April 24, 2013 - KTUU

Another level of protection: Training is underway for a new program focusing on sexual assault prevention (video)

'Green Dot' Campaign Aims to Stop Sexual Assault, Rape
October 5, 2011 - KTVA


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