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Preventing Violence at UW

Violence Can Be Prevented

The Dean of Students Office firmly believes that sexual violence can be prevented, and that we can create a safer and more respectful community. There are three ways to prevent violence:

  • Preventing it completely: Primary prevention refers to any and all efforts to keep sexual violence from ever happening in the first place. Primary prevention includes things like consent education and bystander intervention training.
  • Preventing it from happening again: Secondary prevention includes everything that is available to victims and survivors in the immediate aftermath of a violent incident. Going to see a medical professional, calling the police, and visiting with a victim advocate are all forms of secondary prevention.
  • Preventing it from rippling out: Tertiary prevention encompasses all of the support and response services for victims and survivors of violence. Violence can have long-term effects, including PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and more violence. Tertiary efforts include counseling and policy and environmental changes that allow victims and survivors to recover from violence.

Education efforts on campus focus on primary prevention, and the University’s response and support activities address secondary and tertiary prevention.

What's Your Green Dot?

Here at The University of Wyoming, we are committed to reducing and preventing power-based personal violence such as sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Green Dot is a bystander intervention program to reduce these forms of violence with one thought; If everyone does one thing, no one will have to do everything.

A Green Dot is your choice at any moment to make campus safer by promoting safety for everyone and letting others know that you will not tolerate violence. A Green Dot is any behavior, choice, word or attitude that sends a clear message that:

1. Violence is not okay with you, and

2. Everyone is expected to do their part. 

For more information and to register for training, visit

Contact Us

Dean of Students Office

Knight Hall 128

Dept. 3135, 1000 E. University Dr.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3296

Fax: 307-766-3298


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