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This is a blog about counter-violence and advocacy training.
Safety is a privileged, intersectional concept more available to some than to others, and in varying ways and degrees. Not everything on these pages can be applied by everyone, or in every circumstance.
This blog will reference numerous incarnations of interpersonal violence, ranging from vague to detailed or graphic, and may be disturbing in nature. We encourage our readers to be in a space of relative safety emotionally, psychologically, physically, and geographically before proceeding. This may not be the best site to surf before bed, while feeling emotionally taxed, or if you are in a place or among people where a reaction may make you feel unsafe or judged.
After reading some of the posts on this site, you may have an immediate or delayed reaction to what you have read. You might experience feelings of panic, sadness, apprehension, anger, or emotions that seem out of place, and these may be accompanied by other, more physical symptoms. If you’re concerned for your health, please do not hesitate to contact emergency services at the appropriate emergency number for your location. Sometimes talking helps, and we’ve compiled a list of resources for those in Manitoba.
Your safety is important to us, as is your ability to engage in these discussions as comfortably as possible. If you have a suggestion on how these discussions might be made more welcoming to you or someone else, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.
What is counter-violence and advocacy training? First off, it isn’t self-defence. Counter-violence and advocacy training is about removing barriers to safety where interpersonal violence is concerned. Instead of focusing on the behaviour of victims (or potential victims) of interpersonal violence, counter-violence and advocacy training aims to empower communities against predators and increase individual, community, and organizational accountability.
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