Welcome to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Here you will find audio clips and transcripts from some of STOP's stories. You will also find information about our project partners, discussion questions and resources for using STOP stories in your own work to intervene in interpersonal violence, as well as information on how to get involved in the project.

Australia

AUSTRALIA


MELBOURNE

Image-ing and visual-ising safety and community responses to interpersonal violence

On  the 1st May 2010, caries STOP partners in Melbourne, together with Rachel and Isaac facilitated a Making Stop Visual working day which was attended by a number of people that had an artistic or political interest in the project. Together we listened to ‘Small Story’, and reflected on what had happened in the story, what had made it possible, and what images the story brought to mind. We then worked individually or in small groups to create visual responses which communicated the story.

This process brought out some really creative ideas, for example one of the images drew upon the ideas of ‘lines’ – the geographic lines of the valleys and mountains, the lines that mark the palm of a hand, and the story lines of a community. After creating the images, we shared what we had made with each other. The story really resonated with one of the people in the group. The situation described was really familiar, and similar to her own experiences. Her sharing this with the group was really valuable as it enabled us to have a more rich and intimate understanding of the story and the colonial context it is located in.

After this we listened to ‘A Community Responds to Domestic Violence’ and similarly reflected on it and created visual representations. The group displayed really creative and innovative thinking, which enabled us really engage with the stories and the multiple layers of feelings, hopes, fears, vision, resiliences and strengths they contain. In response to this second story a small group of people created a diorama of a person in their home, including all the details which allow this to be an image of safety rather than an image of fear or violence. This brought us to the end of the day. Each of the people present felt like the day had been really valuable and there was talk about how we could use the images created in the day to create posters. STOP Melbourne is excited about the possibilities of the making stop visual project.

Meeting with the Melbourne Pro-feminist Collective

Whilst in Melbourne, Rachel and Isaac met with a collective i am part of. The collective is a group of friends in a lose social network coming together to discuss and investigate the possibility of people benefiting from gendered oppression engaging in meaningful solidarity in the struggle against gendered oppression. The group is at its formative stages, and is meeting out of the Loophole Community Centre. Hearing stories and perspectives of both the Creative Interventions’ Story Telling and Organising Project and the insights gained from research into non-state interventions in situations of interpersonal violence, was really valuable. Healthy community accountability processes are really important in healthy communities, and recognizing cycles of harm, violence and coercion are really important parts of healthy responses. Whilst the collective is still in it’s formative stages having access to the learnings of Rachel and Isaac, and how they understood their project was incredibly valuable.

Thanks.

a Melbourne Pro-feminist Collective.

STOP on the Radio!

While we were in Melbourne we were also invited to share information about our work with a local radio station, 3CR, on the “Women on the Line” show.  To hear the interview, click here

Here are some pictures of our time in Melbourne:

ALICE SPRINGS

STOP was invited to come up to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory by our partner, Pru Gell.  Our first night in town, we helped co-facilitate a community meeting on responses to racist violence that do not rely on imprisonment and policing.

During our time in Alice Springs we also talked to a local Aboriginal radio station, community leaders, and organizers about living under the  “intervention” in a hope to learn more about what local communities are doing to oppose state violence.  For more information about one group’s (the Intervention Rollback Action Group) efforts, click here.

Our time in the Northern Territory was really transformational and revealing.  Thanks to all our hosts, with a special thanks to Auntie Elaine!

Here are some pictures of us in Alice Springs:

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