Research shows that thousands of people around the world and in the U.S. are affected negatively by power-based personal violence. When one person is hurt or diminished, we all suffer. Red dots are acts of violence, as well as signals, signs and situations that may indicate the threat of impending violence. In order to intervene, one first has to be able to recognize red dots. Here is a closer look at the categories of red dots that are the focus of Whitworth Green Dot:
Power-Based Personal Violence
Any form of violence in which the primary motivator is assertion of power, control and/or intimidation in order to harm another. This includes partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other uses of force, threat, intimidation, or harassment of an individual.
Any sexual contact without consent and/or the capacity to give consent. This includes pressuring, threatening, or forcing sexual contact.
Physical, sexual or psychological harm, or threat of harm, by a current or former partner. This is also known as dating violence or domestic violence and includes jealousy, hitting, threatening, isolation from friends and family, forced sex, emotional abuse and other forms of violence and control.
A course of conduct targeted at an individual or group that would cause a reasonable person to feel afraid. Examples include making unwanted calls or sending unwanted texts, showing up everywhere another person goes, tracking on Facebook, sending unwanted gifts, monitoring emails or phone calls, and using friends to gather information.
Bullying or Harassment
Behavior that threatens or endangers the safety or emotional well-being of any person. This includes verbal, written, or physical conduct that is demeaning to an individual based upon her or his identity or membership in a group or organization that creates a demoralizing, intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.