What methods do we use?
„StoP“ is building and strengthening social ties by providing friendly places to meet and exchange views/experiences; by hosting dinners, where people enjoy meals together and at the same occasion learn something about IPV; by organizing cultural events (readings/theatre/movies). It offers education (what to say, what to do) in an easy accessible way i.e. by having mobile information booths on the sidewalks, in backyards, during fleemarkets or free workshops in the community centre. “StoP” is starting conversations on partner violence all over the community: in hallways, shopping centers, parks, neighbourhood meetings, block parties, schools, day care for the elderly. It inspires and helps neighbours to create posters, flyers. To distribute and find places to display them they have to talk to local shop owners, landlords, local bankers, doctors, teachers. So we create a buzz and the issue gets public.
„StoP“ uses a systematic approach consisting of eight steps:
- There has to be an institution in a neighbourhood that is interested to do this work. Necessary conditions: ties with the community and different groups in the community are already established, the institution is easily accessible, like a community or cultural centre (not only e.g. known for crisis intervention) and it needs a trained community organizer with expertise in gender based violence (or the other way round). ⇒ “StoP” offers trainings and counselling!
Now the work can start:
- Leave the office and do community assessment and mapping, explore and talk, to as many people as you can.
- Bring community members together for discussion groups, and from there form permanent groups, built up trust, knowledge and skills to take action.
- Help the group to create specific local awareness campaigns, be present in the local media, at community meetings, bloc parties, in school, do door knocking… be visible in a way people can relate to!
- Become part of local networks, offer information and education and establish cooperation.
- Offer individual support by establishing reliable contacts to health care, social services and police, make services accessible.
- Take time to stabilize , deepen, expand and evaluate your work – it is an ongoing process.
- Support the neighbourhood activists in order to make connections and influence policies above the level of the local community