How to fight against different forms of violence?
Everyone is born with the right to live in peace, no matter where they are, their race, gender, religion, age. It may seem obvious but not to all people and that is why some take for granted the right to cause trouble to others because they are "superior" in a way or another.
How can we then fight against the different forms of violence that we see in everyday life?
What can be the different forms of violence?
Whether perpetrated against children, women, ethnic or religious minorities, violence can take many forms. Here are the most common types:
- Psychological violence: the type in which the victims are denigrated and treated as inferior. Consequently, they believe that they are worthless and useless.
- Sexual violence: victims undergo sexual abuse and most of the time cannot even complain.
- Physical violence: this is the best-known form. In a couple or a family, it can be accompanied by verbal, psychological and / or sexual violence.
- Verbal violence: victims are humiliated, intimidated, insulted, threatened with disgracing words.
- Economic violence: the victim does not have economic freedom, because his executioner controls his budget and his expenses, does not let it work.
Services accessible to victims and witnesses
It is very difficult for the victims to talk about the violence they have experienced or live with every day. There are many reasons for this silence: the aggressor's threats, the fear of not being taken seriously, the shame, the guilt, the certainty that the attacker will go unpunished. We must therefore ensure that the victim understands that nothing will get better with their silence.
If they put words on what they have experienced, they will feel relieved, they will get advice and support and will better understand what they are going through. Witnesses must also speak since keeping silent is the same being accomplice.
For the most part, they are silent because it is the wish of the victim or because they are also afraid of being attacked. Social workers, gendarmerie and police services, doctors and various associations must facilitate the collection of words. Most importantly, the victims and witnesses must be taken seriously and their right protected.
Everybody is concerned
It is not only the victims and witnesses of violence who must react. Everyone is concerned: law enforcement, government, health professionals, teachers, associations. Awareness campaigns must be organized for victims, their surroundings and professionals at different levels. In addition, it is necessary to train professionals in contact with victims in reporting procedures and to take better measures to support victims.
But the fight against violence, whatever their form, also involves education. Both children and parents, young and adults, women and men, in short the whole society can benefit from a caring education. Different associations, individuals and organizations fight against different forms of violence.
This is the case, for example, of Prem Rawat for whom every person has the right to peace. This is how the Prem Rawat Foundation has set up several programs that promote peace.