Local Green Dot gains national attention

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Maysville’s embrace of the Green Dot program is bringing it national recognition.

Women’s Crisis Center’s Christy Burch and Melissa Greenwell have been invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to speak about our ‘Making Maysville a Green Dot City’ Initiative during a national webinar.

During the webinar, the pair will share how the local community became engaged in becoming a part of the program, Greenwell said.

“Green Dot was born and initiated for a college campus and is based on the belief that the greatest power is in the bystander,” Greenwell explained. “We took this philosophy into our local faith-based communities and from there it only made sense to take it to the community level. We, as a community define our community norms and decide what we will and will not accept here. If we are setting community norms, we needed community input.”

“Becoming the first Green Dot City in the nation is the goal of our community group,” Greenwell added. “Christy Burch, Women’s Crisis Center’s executive director and myself as the Buffalo Trace director will be using the national platform of this webinar to show other communities across the country the steps we took to use this program to prevent interpersonal violence, while we engaged the community to become a part of the solution.”

The webinar is scheduled for Oct. 24.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share concept of a community approach,” Greenwell said.

The Green Dot program involves training people and developing environments to shift cultural norms away from violence. Green Dot equips bystanders to be reactive and proactive in creating a safer community. It presents people with real-life situations of power-based, personal violence and options for how to address them.

Topics which will be discussed during the webinar by Burch and Hunter include:

— Discuss how to apply the CPSTF recommendation for primary prevention interventions to reduce perpetration of intimate partner violence and sexual violence among youth.

— Understand how to access resources from the HHS, Office on Women’s Health.

— Learn about technical packages from CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.

— Describe how the Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Indiana created safer environments and promoted nurturing relationships through programs like Safe Quilts.

— Describe how Maysville, implemented the Green Dot program to prevent partner and sexual violence while engaging the surrounding community to become part of the solution.

For more information on the webinar, visit https://www.wccky.org/.

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Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]