The idea of Non Violent Resistance (NVR) is not new and has its roots in the peaceful revolutionary movements of icons like Ghandi and Martin Luther King. The principle idea of NVR is to influence change through peaceful protest and resistance.
In the context of child to parent violence it is an integrated, structured and systemic response to violence and abuse. NVR was adapted for use in Ireland, thanks to Dr Declan Coogan and Eileen Lauster. For more information on the history and adaption of NVR in Ireland, see www.cpvireland.ie and www.rcpv.eu.
Non Violent Resistance (NVR) empowers and enables the parent to take control of the situation and to influence positive change in the child. It responds to the needs of families and to practitioners in a wide range of settings. It is a non-blaming, structured and evidence influenced response to the problem of abuse and/or violence from child to parent.
NVR is a universal approach and can support families irrespective of specific behavioural or personality diagnosis. Children need boundaries to function in their family and society. Behavioural or psychiatric needs do not negate this.
Crucially NVR does not require the child to co-operate and allows the parent to regain some control in challenging relationships. Where there are multiple stresses in a family, tackling violence, is a crucial beginning point in creating a more harmonious environment where all of the family can thrive.