1. Read the Basics section
Interpersonal violence is complicated. Many of us don’t really understand it or what to do about it. Read the Basics about violence section for a clearer picture of what is going on. The Basics about violence intervention section shares lessons Creative Interventions have learned from responding to violence.
Share this information with others who may be in a situation of violence and need resources to help them work out what to do.
2. As the group takes more actions, the tools in this topic can be used as ‘cheat sheets’ for quick reference
Even if your group has good goals and processes, each action can have specific concerns, especially about safety. These tools can be used as a quick check to make sure that you know what to do, what not to do and your emergency plans, along with the tools from How do you stay safe.
3. After taking action, look back to see how you did, what you learned and how you can improve
Plans hardly ever go exactly as you thought. Looking back can help learning for future actions.
4. Celebrate your achievements
Interventions are hard. They can be painful, slow-moving and frustrating. Many don’t get to the goals set at the beginning.
This doesn’t mean there is nothing to celebrate. There is!
Staying safe for a day or a week is cause for celebration. Stopping violence for one more month is worth celebrating. Noticing that you want to lash out, blame someone for your behaviour, try to get sympathy, or run away instead of taking accountability—and letting those feelings pass without acting on them—is a reason to celebrate.
For some people celebrating is natural. For others, it is unfamiliar. Even if you don’t feel comfortable with celebration, try celebrating a little. Try praising someone for what they achieved. Praise yourself. Clap. Sing a song. Dance. Or simply say, “good job.”
Celebrating achievements helps you notice them. It makes the work lighter, as well as keeping you on track and moving forward.