Year of Publication

2019

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Corrine Williams

Committee Member

Dr. Richard Crosby

Committee Member

Dr. Mark Swanson

Abstract

College students in the United States are at risk for being impacted by interpersonal violence (IPV), a spectrum of violence that includes sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, with 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men being impacted by victimization during their collegiate careers. Through enhanced approaches to primary prevention, including through active bystander training, research has identified evidence-based strategies for reducing IPV prevalence. In Kentucky, 10.1% of all women impacted by IPV are first victimized prior to 18-years-old and 12.4% of all completed rapes are either alcohol or drug-facilitated. In light of these cumulative data, we seek to intervene through expanding prevention efforts at the University of Kentucky, the largest land grant institution in Kentucky. This initiative will be pursued through expanding primary prevention at the intersecting point of IPV and high-risk drinking behavior by training bar staff in the Green Dot Active Bystander strategy at bars within a 2-mile radius of the institution. Green Dot is a primary prevention program currently disseminated across the university and has been in place since the Fall of 2007. By expanding the social-ecological reach of the program through training bar staff proximal to campus, we endeavor to increase the prevention efficacy of the existing program. This project will be led by the Violence Intervention & Prevention Center, an office in Student & Academic Life that is dedicated to serving the comprehensive campus community through IPV prevention and intervention.

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