Start Intervention > Facilitators

Have you been asked to take on the role of facilitator for a group responding to violence?  Whether for one meeting or a bunch of meetings? 

This website contains a collection of resources and information to help people responding to violence.  It works best with someone acting as a facilitator.  You may be a friend, whanaunga or community member, or you may be a helpful professional willing to work with the values and approach behind this model.

This website has a unique approach to dealing with violence, which may be unfamiliar to you, even if you work in anti-violence. 

If you have been asked to support a group using this website, this section has notes to help.  It is best read along with the much larger section for community allies.  Throughout this section, there are links that will take you to the information for allies.

What is the role of the facilitator?

  • An anchor for people who are involved in what can be confusing, changing and emotionally difficult situations of violence and violence intervention
  • A guide to the resources, including basic information, stories and tools found on this website
  • A sounding board—someone who can ask the kind of questions that help people figure out their own answers and steps forward (there are tools to help with this)
  • A group co-ordinator—someone who can help the group communicate together, share information, make decisions and move to the next steps (there are tools to help with this)
  • A group leader—someone who can help everyone move towards a common set of goals.

Who can be a good facilitator?

This model works best with a facilitator.  A group can have more than one facilitator, or can share the role among the group.  The facilitator doesn’t need to be an expert or professional.  A good facilitator:

  • Is trusted
  • Is a good communicator
  • Is connected to the people involved in the situation of violence
  • Is not intensely involved in the situation of violence
  • Is good at working with groups
  • Is willing to use this website and help others with it
  • Has values that can support a community-based intervention
  • Has time and energy for this process.


Introducing the model

Interpersonal violence is complicated.  Many of us don’t really understand it or what to do about it.  The first place to start is reading the Basics about violence section, the Basics about violence intervention section and the FAQ section. 

You might only need one or two topics or tools, or you might work through them all.  Use these tools and the information in this website however works best for you.

There are many tools and a lot of information on this website.  This is an overview of the approach to help you find what you are looking for.

The focus of an intervention often changes over time.  Creative Interventions saw four main phases and 8 topics within them.  


Phases of an intervention

Topics to help

There are 8 topics with information and tools.  The intervention doesn’t need to include all the topics, and you don’t need to be involved in everything that happens.  This website contains a lot of information and resources—don’t be overwhelmed.  Focus on what is most urgent and useful. 

If the people you are working with have a specific goal, like getting someone who is hurting people to stop, or helping someone who has been hurt to work out what they want, find the topic about that goal.  If you find there are gaps you need to fill in, like getting clear about what happened or finding others to help, you can go back to those topics as you need.

This list gives you an idea of where to find the information and tools you want on this website.

Notes for facilitators

If you are a facilitator or willing to help people work through the tools and information on this website, these notes are to help you.

If you have been asked to facilitate the whole process, you may want to read all of the allies section and the notes for facilitators.  If you have been asked to facilitate a meeting or part of the process, you may want to skip straight to that part.