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Best Practice #5: CHANGING THE MESSAGE
Changing rules and expectations in society (cultural norms) that support violence

The Impact:

  • The rules or expectations of behavior (cultural norms) in our society can sometimes encourage violence.
  • Aggressive verbal and physical behavior among youth and adults can influence other youth to show or support aggression.

The Importance:

  • Having the wrong impression about other people’s intentions can lead to violence (an accidental bump interpreted as intentional).
  • Violence in the media and on the internet can make people more accepting of violence in the community.

 

 

For these reasons, it is important to:
Change expectations in society (cultural norms) that support violence.

 

 

What YOU can do:

  • Promote equality, education, and safety
  • Serve as a role model in language use and mutual respect
  • Engage in community activities around the message of changing violence norms
  • Participate in conversations whenever possible to promote peace and discourage retaliation
  • Promote conflict resolution skills and restorative justice approaches
Best Practice #5: SENDING THE RIGHT MESSAGE

 

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