Virtual program

Transforming the culture of domination, March 8 – WaylandeNews

The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Roundtable on Family Violence presents “Transforming the Culture of ‘Power Over’: Compassionate Responsibility” on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. The virtual event will help participants make key distinctions between cycles of safe relationships and the dynamics that occur within relationships based on abusive values ​​of dominance and superiority.

The presentation will be led by JAC Patrissi, Jason Patrissi and Regi Wingo of Growing a New Heart, an organization that aims to facilitate respectful and ethical power relations and communications in families, workplaces and communities.

“Power is the ability to do something or act in a particular way, the ability or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others, or the belief that one is inherently deserving of privilege or treatment We all have power over our own actions, thoughts, and ability to influence others for better and for worse, but the need to maintain power and control over others can lead to imbalance, dysfunction, and even abusive behavior,” said Sue Rushfirth, Sudbury President – Wayland-Lincoln Roundtable on Domestic Violence. “I look forward to learning how the power dynamics in all of our relationships — personal and professional — can play a key role in the effectiveness and quality of these relationships.”

Participants will leave with an idea of ​​next steps to imagine community-based transformative justice interventions that address problematic behaviors, without requiring eviction or exclusion. The event will also include breakout group discussions.

The event is inspired by the White Ribbon campaign, which raises awareness of the prevalence of male violence against women and puts on the table those who are essential to ending violence in relationships: men . It is presented by the Roundtable’s White Ribbon Group and follows the group’s successful event in March 2021, “A Call to Families: Discussing Healthy Masculinity with Young People”.

“By attending an event like this, we not only learn about the risks associated with unhealthy relationships, but we also learn about ourselves and how we can challenge our own thinking and how we subconsciously support behaviors that lead to abuse and violence,” said Colm McGarry, president of the White Ribbon Group. “Accountability with compassion gives hope to everyone involved in the fight against abuse. We have much to learn from other cultures and how these communities challenge harmful behavior without overreliance on methods of exclusion such as imprisonment.

While the Domestic Violence Roundtable has been planning events to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Movement for years, the local White Ribbon Group formed in 2019. The men’s group aims to promote healthy attitudes and behaviors and positive and to create an environment free from fear and violence. advancing equity, justice and dignity. For more information on how to participate in this effort, please contact the roundtable at [email protected]

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In order to promote equitable access, this event is offered free of charge. Donations to support the ongoing work of the White Ribbon Group are greatly appreciated. To donate, please visit