Dating Violence Prevention Program Launched

May 28, 2013

Credit University of Kentucky

Two Kentucky high schools are implementing a new program to address dating violence.  Recently, Woodford County High School held a pep rally for Green Dot.  Run by the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, it helps students promote healthy relationships and safety among their peers.

  Director Darlene Thomas says the program has a wide focus.    

“I would say it’s all about bullying, intimate relationships, ending sexual violence, all the components about what a lot of young people are dealing with.”

Green Dot aims to prevent the “bystander effect,” where someone witnesses violence or intolerance, but doesn’t take action.  The program is currently underway in Woodford and Frankfort Independent High Schools.  It is also being evaluated for national and international use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.