Our principles when dealing with violence
- Zero tolerance for violence. Violence is neither permitted nor approved.
- Individual experience of violence. Each person perceives violence they experience in a different way.
- Do not minimize violence. Do not minimize the importance and seriousness of violence.
- Do not judge violence according to our own personal space. Do not derive from our own limits, own feelings and emotions, own experiences with violence.
- Do not grade violence. Do not classify violence into more and less bad.
- When determining a violent relationship, define power of both sides first. Distinguish who misuses his / her (superior) power in a relationship.
- Violent behaviour is defined by the victim and not by the perpetrator. It is the victim who determines certain behaviour to be violent.
- Act! Respond to any violent behaviour. Do not shift responsibility for taking measures to others.
- Efficient, thorough and sensible dealing with violence is the best and the most important form of prevention.
- Demand responsibility for committed violence. Responsibility for violence belongs exclusively to the perpetrator. The perpetrator of violence has to assume all responsibility for his / her behaviour.