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Good practice example Slovenia
Violence Preventive Workshops
(Association against violent communication - DNK)

Association against violent communication (DNK) builds the conceptual background of their violence preventive workshops in primary and secondary schools on the structural definition of violence as something that we learn from the society and is interrelated with power relations existing in the society. Violence is outlined as a consequence of the differences in social power. Women, ethnic minorities, lesbians and gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and handicapped are clearly identified as social groups with less social power and therefore as social groups that are more exposed and vulnerable for violence.

The target group of the method is the entire schooling population in Slovenia. The method is grounded in the concept of zero tolerance towards violence, which means that any kind of violence or violent behaviour of peers is unacceptable without exceptions. In workshops the focus is put on the behaviour of perpetrators, victims and observers of violence. The DNK’s standpoint is that the observers are victims of violence as well.

The actual performance with reference to Intersectionality depends entirely on the participants expectations. If participants express interest for the interdependency of social categories like Ethnicity, Gender or any other category related to social inequalities the workshop leader would pick it up and work on that topic. It can be stated that the method is flexible regarding social categories as structural principles for inequality by not focusing exclusively on it. The method rather follows the participants’ interests and is universal in this respect.

The structure of the workshop offers many points where intersectional topics could be introduced, focused on and further developed. For instance, in introduction of the concept “self-image” is the space for discussing gender and ethnic identities, representations, stereotypes and roles; in discussion of the conflict as an expression of our diversity the diversity could be treated not only in psychological terms but also in structural terms; discussion of the influence of the cultural messages and images on our self-image again represents the opportunity for introducing debate on social and cultural gender and ethnic stereotypes; and work in small groups with the aim of recognising the violence the examples could be about gender, ethnical, racial and Class violence.

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