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This blog references 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 have the sense your emotions are inappropriate. This is entirely natural, though the scale of the effect may vary greatly from person to person. From time to time, other, more physical symptoms manifest. If you are concerned for your health or safety, please 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.
Safety is a privileged, intersectional concept, available to some more than others, to varying degrees, and in different ways. Counter-Violence and Advocacy Training is about removing barriers to safety where interpersonal violence is concerned, empowering communities against predators and increasing individual, community, and organizational accountability. That said, not everything on these pages can be applied to or by everyone or in every circumstance.
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.
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