Bystander Training Program to Teach Methods for Domestic Violence Prevention

The Tiger P.A.V.E program, Prevention Against Violence Through Education and the Counseling department of Student Engagement have teamed together to bring the Alteristic program, formerly known as Green Dot, to Coahoma Community College. Kenneth Gooden, the program coordinator for the campus’ Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention program, Advocacy Liaison for the program Renee Hall and community partner Angie Hankins will soon be the informants educating campus community members interested in learning to take proper measures in order to reduce the chances of dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.

Bystander Training Program to Teach Methods for Domestic Violence Prevention

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Nov 7, 2018

The Tiger P.A.V.E program, Prevention Against Violence Through Education and the Counseling department of Student Engagement have teamed together to bring the Alteristic program, formerly known as Green Dot, to Coahoma Community College. Kenneth Gooden, the program coordinator for the campus’ Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention program, Advocacy Liaison for the program Renee Hall and community partner Angie Hankins will soon be the informants educating campus community members interested in learning to take proper measures in order to reduce the chances of dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.

“This training makes it clear that power-based personal violence is not okay and will not be tolerated,” said Gooden, who is a certified Green Dot Collegiate Bystander Trainer. “Everyone needs to do his/her part to maintain a safe community.”

The idea of the program arose in a college setting and is based on the belief that everyone can play a part in preventing a situation of abuse by being held responsible for taking action against the crime. This brings about a culture of safety that won’t permit any kind of violent activity to take place.

Gooden and Hall are both certified Green Dot Collegiate Bystander trainers. The curriculum developed for the training sessions is taken from actual events of students’ college experiences.

The curriculum consists of interactive activities that focus in on the essentials of intervening as an on-looker. The teachings can be very helpful when one involved individual is likely to inflict harm on a partner.

The program has descriptions of the three different dots, or elements, common to scenarios of dating violence. The red dot is used to refer to a person who is intended to hurt someone using words or actions. Reactive green dots denote situations in which a bystander has taken measures to resolve an incidence of domestic violence. This person might have resulted to calling the police to get the situation properly handled. Lastly, proactive green dots describe a person’s willingness to take action that prevents assault from being carried out.

Gooden wants Coahoma to be on the lookout for announcements of dates and times the training sessions will be held.