I have been studying nonviolence and volunteering at the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies at URI for the past year and a half. This past summer I became certified in training classes on Kingian nonviolence philosophy – based on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- which teaches conflict management for a better way of living.
As a survivor of domestic violence, I was interested in nonviolence theory and the framework it provides for conflict management, effective communication and healthy relationships. In an abusive relationship, there can be no conflict management because the abuser uses fear and intimidation to control his/her partner. However, I felt that educating others on the principles of nonviolence theory could promote the skills needed for healthy relationships, and perhaps work to prevent abusive relationships in the future.