What's with the Green Dot?

Green Dot is a movement promoting culture change in our community.

Green Dot empowers our community members to safely intervene in matters of power-based personal violence, which includes Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child/Elder Abuse, Stalking, and Bullying…even if they don’t witness it personally.

Each time we prevent a moment of violence from happening, we add a Green Dot to the map of Charlotte County. The goal is to fill that map with green, symbolizing the culture that we have established that will no longer tolerate violence.

Through the Green Dot strategy, Charlotte County CAN change its culture, but it takes everyone doing their small part. When we all agree to do what we can to stop the violence, we will see a dramatic decrease in the rate at which it occurs.

No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.

 

What’s YOUR Green Dot?

I'm just one person. How can I possibly change the culture?

You are a part of our community, which means that you have influence here. Everyone has the ability to help. Green Dot only works when all of us chip in and do our small part. Come to one of our Bystander Training seminars and learn more!

Who should be trained?

Charlotte County Green Dot welcomes anyone who works, lives, or socializes in Charlotte County to attend a Bystander Training seminar.

How long is the training?

The Bystander Training seminar is 6 hours in duration. We typically provide breakfast refreshments, lunch, beverages, certificates, prizes, and a take-home goody bag.

What costs are there?

Charlotte County Green Dot is provided by the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.). There are no costs for our trainings.

Can I have someone come to my organization/company to talk to my staff?

Yes! We are happy to send a representative to present a 20-30 minute Overview Speech.

Isn't this a job for law enforcement?

Law enforcement typically gets involved with these incidents after the fact, meaning that the violence has already occurred. While we fully support and appreciate our officers at CCSO and Punta Gorda Police Department, we know that Charlotte County can do better at preventing the violence to begin with.

Green Dot is awesome. Can I make a donation?

Yes. Although our services are provided free-of-charge, we do incur some expenses with providing content. You can help support Green Dot by making targeted donations, which are tax deductible, to C.A.R.E. and identified for the Green Dot program. You can also help by sponsoring a lunch at one of our seminars!

Check out the video below of Dr. Dorothy Edwards, creator of the Green Dot philosophy, as she explains how we can change the culture.

Green Dot is built on the belief that we all play an important role in the prevention of power-based personal violence. It doesn't have to be anything big...start by liking us on Facebook and telling the next person you see about us. Let's get the ball rolling!