Building a Narrative to Address Violence in the U.S.

April 20, 2018

The month of April - Sexual Assault Awareness and Second Chance Month – raises an important, and difficult, conversation about how society understands, categorizes, and responds to all forms of violence.

The Opportunity Agenda has proudly partnered with Common Justice to create a messaging memo, "Building a Narrative to Address Violence in the U.S.," that addresses the problematic narrative on violence in our society, which currently results in the damaging and unhelpful treatment of people accused or convicted of violence.

The memo provides suggestions on how to shape a larger story around violence, its causes, and the people involved, by uplifting a narrative rooted in three pillars:

  • Preventing harm;
  • Upholding the values of accountability, equal justice and pragmatism and;
  • Promoting rehabilitation, restoration, and repair.

In creating a new story around violence, we can help shift hearts and minds toward policy change that allows our nation to represent values of inclusion, safety, and the ability for everyone to live free from fear.

Read the memo and its accompanying insight post on how to best use this messaging in your work.