Lateral violence exists on a spectrum, from seemingly ordinary behaviour such as gossiping or criticism, to intimidation, racism and outright physical intimidation or harm. Lateral violence cannot thrive when employers, co-workers, and team-members become ethically and legally responsible. We do not accept bullying in our schools or other workplaces so why do we accept it or turn a blind eye within our teams? The concern is that lateral violence is happening or fostered at various levels and going on where we have learned to oppress one another and has become normal. Often, lateral violence is a mind-set based on fear rather than respect.
The goal of the presentation is to empower individuals to recognize lateral violence and intervene, through conflict resolution and to avoid unhealthy coping strategies. Having the conversation is what matters . . . it shows that everyone shares the responsibility for behaviour that affects our teams and our communities; we need to show our students healthy communication and role models so they will be able to model behaviours to lead us into the future in a balanced and health way forward.