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.

Using STOP Stories

Using Stories

We want to keep you updated on  how people and organizations are using the stories from this website in their work. If you want to share ways you’ve used these stories, please drop us a line!

Building a Harm Free Zone in Durham

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/9528817]

The Harm Free Zone Organizing Committee discusses using stories to inform and shape their work.

Note: At the request of the storyteller, certain names have been bleeped out.

Bay Area

What does community accountability look like? What does a world without walls look like? Click here to read more.

Los Angeles

On Thursday April 1, 2010 at the Southern California Library in South LA over 50 people came together to listen, share, and learn about the StoryTelling & Organizing Project to build sustainable community alternatives that address domestic and interpersonal violence.  Click here to read more…


In April and May 2010 STOP met up with our partners in Melbourne and Alice Springs to work with them  and learn more about what’s happening in their communities.  Click here to read and see more:

From the Challenging Male Supremacy Project

We are nearing the end of a nine-month program, working with other cisgender (i.e. non-trans) men to build transformative understandings of and responses to male supremacy. As STOP Partners, we’ve been excited about integrating the audio stories into our curriculum; in a recent session focused on accountability, we played Maria’s Story as one example of working to secure accountability. We focused specifically on holding and processing our emotional experiences of this and another (written) example of accountability. Read More…

Critical Resistance Study Group

Critical Resistance Oakland recently started a study group on Community Accountability so we can continue to deepen our understanding of what approaches people are taking to collectively intervene in harm without using imprisonment or policing. As a part of this project, we decided to listen to a story from the Story Telling and Organizing Project each time we meet, to look at the dynamic, creative, and organic ways that communities come together to address various types of violence. Read More…