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This one-day, interactive course provides participants with the skills to identify and expose lateral violence within Aboriginal communities/workplaces and learn how to reduce its effects within both personal and professional settings.

Course topics include:

What is Lateral Violence?

The organised, harmful behaviors that we do to each other collectively as part of an oppressed group: within our families; within our organisations and; within our communities. When we are consistently oppressed we live with great fear and great anger and we often turn on those who are closest to us – R Frankland and P Lewis, Presentation to Social Justice Unit staff, Australian Human Rights Commission, 14 March 2011.

Why Does Lateral Violence Occur?

[Lateral violence] comes from being colonised, invaded. It comes from being told you are worthless and treated as being worthless for a long period of time. Naturally you don’t want to be at the bottom of the pecking order, so you turn on your own – R Frankland in Creative Spirits, Bullying and Lateral Violence

Workshop Goal

To expose lateral violence within Aboriginal communities and reduce its effects both in the home and within the broader community.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of lateral violence

  • Identify why lateral violence occurs

  • Identify when and where lateral violence occurs

  • Describe the effects of lateral violence

  • Develop strategies and tools to combat lateral violence and it’s effects


Skills to identify and expose lateral violence within Aboriginal communities/workplaces.

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