Since the inception of Insight Exchange, we have been learning about and taking up our responsibility to carefully and ethically represent experiences of domestic and family violence, in order to inform social, service and system responses.
The Language Lab on Insight Exchange draws directly from the important work of Centre for Response-Based Practice, Canada. The Language Lab provides information on the role of language in representing violence and abuse, and tools to help us use language to more accurately represent violence and other adversities[i]
So far, we have focused on our responsibility of representation of domestic and family violence through language and we are extending our representation to include the use of visual arts. Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Wade (2007), 'Language and Violence: Analysis of Four Discursive Operations', Journal of Family Violence, 22:511-522.
Avenues for development
We acknowledge that despite our best efforts to assemble with a person a more accurate representation of some of their experiences of violence, we can never fully understand all that their experiences mean to them now or through their life. We understand that no one’s life experience can ever be fully represented in language or any other form.