I vores støttegrupper inviterer vi 6 personer ind til et 6 ugers forløb. Vi mødes en gang om ugen i København, i 2 timer pr. gang. Gruppen vil blive ledt af en gruppeleder. Vi arbejder ud fra peer to peer-også kaldet gensidig støttemetoder. Det betyder at vores gruppeleder leder gruppen gennem personens egen viden og erfaring med emner relateret til vold.

Lyt med i podcasten “Hvad er Vold?” afsnit 1. Her uddyber vi hvad laver i støttegrupperne.

Mutual support methods, can be defined as a method whereby support comes from people with similar lived experience. The support is mediated though mirroring and recognition. Through empathy and active listening, we address feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Studies of peer support show, that the method can prevent depression, anxiety and loneliness. We believe that this is about experiencing an open-minded community and non-judgemental spaces, where the participants can share and open up to healing with other people. The participants tell us that throughout the four weeks, they experience a sense of community in particular way, which helps to re-establish trust and belonging in other social settings.

Many people who have been exposed to violence find it difficult to talk to experts, such as psychologists, as experts traditionally do not use peer-methods. Not using peer-methods can create an asymmetrical relation where the expert might not recognise experiences related to violence which can further alienate the victim's experiences. We believe that peer to peer support can help move healing away from therapy rooms and into the larger community.

In the groups, we provide 'social education' to emphasise the link between inequality and violence. 

From psychoeducation to social education 

From "psychoeducation" to "social education" means that violence is a political social issue and not a personal problem. We understand that violence prevention must be regarded as an action between person and society, and not between the victim and the perpetrator. In this way, we can engage in larger political initiatives and action plans that perceives violence against individuals as a burden on society.

Vi mener at voldshandlinger er baseret på grundlæggende mekanismer i samfundet, som danner grobund for vold samt offerbebrejdende og altså de sociokulturelle holdninger til vold, der gør at mange betragter vold som et personligt problem.