About Us

Dignity 2020 is organized by Danish Women's Society's Shelters, The Centre for Response-Based Practice and Another Development Foundation. The Dignity conference has previously been held in Canada, Australia, and Sweden.

Danish Women's Society's Shelters are located in Copenhagen, and have existed since 2006 with an aim to prevent and combat violence against women in every way. We offer an open anonymous counselling, as well as housing for women and children who have been subjected to violence in any shape or form.

Danish Women's Society's Shelters have a distinct feminist outlook and have been working with a Response-Based Practice approach for the past couple of years.

The Centre for Response-Based Practice aims to provide and promote socially just and effective responses to violence and other forms of oppression and adversity, through direct counselling services, education, research, supervision and advocacy.

The Centre for Response-Based Practice guides and co-ordinates research, development, & the application of Response-Based ideas in various settings. They aim to partner with individuals and organizations to promote the development and application of these ideas, to increase awareness, & to empower individuals & organizations in the use of Response-Based practice.

Another Development Foundation is an independent, non-profit think tank  and do tank for people, places and planet earth promoting peace by peaceful means, respect for fundamental human rights, gender equality, freedom from violence and sustainable development where climate justice is included. The foundation is based in The City of Umeå, Sweden.

About Response-Based Practice

Response-based practice is a specialized model for working with individuals and groups experiencing adversity, including violence and injustice. It is a conceptual framework for research, critical analysis, and policy and consists of methods that are readily adapted across settings. 

The main tenets of the approach are supported by clinical, social science, and biological science research. Response-based practice grew from direct service with individuals and families in diverse social, cultural, and geographical locations and continues to evolve in collaboration with a wide range of professionals and activists. 

Response-based practice integrates and departs from earlier contextual models in its focus on the manner in which individuals respond to adversity, resist violence, and work to retain dignity. Responses to adversity often reveal capacities that can be brought to bear in addressing a wide range of presenting concerns and developing preferred futures. 

Response-based practice acknowledges pre-existing competencies evident in everyday living and in the most adverse circumstances. The “problem” resides not in the minds/brains of isolated individuals but in mistreatment and humiliation of those individuals, in the context of violence and injustice, and through negative social responses from social network and institutional actors. 

Allan Wade, Linda Coates and Nick Todd developed response-based practice in the early 1990’s as a model of therapy with victims and perpetrators of violence and their families. The initial group and newer colleagues (Shelly Bonnah, Ann Maje-Raider, Cathy Richardson, Gillian-Weaver Dunlop, Cindy Ogden, Robin Routledge, Brenda Adams, Barb McInerney, Vikki Reynolds, Renee-Calude Carriere) worked with diverse and marginalized groups. Indigenous families and communities, in particular, helped to shape the approach from the outset. 

(From: Response-Based Practice -Encyclopedia Description

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