Underpinning ideas of Insight Exchange

Violence is in every town, community and country. Violence is an injustice and is an offence to a person’s dignity, compromising a person’s safety and undermining their wellbeing and the dignity and wellbeing of the people they care for and who care for them.  However violence is preventable and the responsibility for addressing it rests with us all.


Social Responses are the most potent preventative powerful force.”

Dr Linda Coates, Centre for Response-Based Practice.


Underpinning ideas of Insight Exchange

Despite the prevalence, violence is largely misunderstood. Insight Exchange is informed by the ideas of the Centre for Response Based Practice which centres on the following  tenets:

(a) People have agency and alone or with others a sense of agency is a vital aspect of being

(b) Dignity is central to individual and collective well-being

(c) People (alone or in groups) always respond to adversity, and resist violence

(d) Violence is, with rare exceptions, deliberate

(e) Violence is unilateral (i.e., not mutual) and consists of actions by one person (or group) against the will and well-being of another

(f) Language can be used in restrictive or liberating ways, to

(i) conceal or reveal violence,
(ii) obscure or reveal offender responsibility,
(iii) conceal or elucidate responses and resistance, and
(iv) blame or contest the blaming of victims

(g) People are understood better as responding agents than as affected objects

(h) Social and material context is central to human experience and must be taken into account1.

Through Insight Exchange individuals, organisations and communities are invited and supported to reflect on how to respond in ways that uphold dignity and build on safety.

Find out more about the underpinning ideas of Insight Exchange here.

1NOTE:This work has been taken and in small parts only adapted from Allan Wade’s Definition of Response-Based Practice as appears in:
Neukrug, E. (2015). The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in counseling and psychotherapy. Thousand Oak: Sage. Volume 2, 894-896.