theory u and dv

Domestic Violence Jan14

Using ABCD to respond to Domestic Violence and other complex community  (Jan 2014)

Theory U diagWe began with an  introduction and then discussed the questions and assumptions we had of domestic violence.  The italic headings refer to a prototyping tool we used for the day called Theory U.



DV questions

  • How do we give women a sense of empowerment in addressing domestic violence?
  • How can we talk about domestic violence as a mutually reinforced power distribution?
  • How do we bring domestic violence into community consciousness as a topic to discuss?
  • How do we measure ‘success’ in addressing domestic violence?
  • How do we define domestic violence and its ‘scope’.
  • How does the church deal with domestic violence theologically?
  • How is domestic violence embedded in our culture?
  • How can we appreciate the sensitivity  we encounter in taking about domestic violence?



DV assumptions

  •  Men are responsible for their actions and most violence is perpetuated by men.
  • Its one persons problem => its a relational problem.
  • Address learning values of victim and peretrator.
  • longevity of fear
  • Domestic violence is an ‘instance’ not a ‘systemic’ problem.
  • Resolution is 1) possible 2) final step
  • Domestic violence is wrong – we assume others hold this same view
  • Holding and healing experience of domestic violence.
  • Abusive relationships (broad?)
  • How we define our understanding of God influences how we address domestic violence.
  • Fear of indigenous communities because we are less connected to them


Sense making

Our conversation deepened – recognising the limits of acronyms and language (e.g. dv abuse) and there was a level of appreciation of different ways people understood and experienced the topic.

There was sharing of personal stories and journeys.


We spent some time in silent prayer and reflection asking ourselves – what would it take to reframe this topic such that we would be ‘operating from our highest possible future’.

What is the best side of this topic?


We discussed our insights into this and decided that it is;

  • “A fullness of life “theology’ for enabling communities to feel empowered – to address domestic violence”



The afternoon session building a prototype.  We had two people play the role of customer as we designed a prototype of a product to address this ‘highest future’!

By the concluding circle we had a early version v0.8 for a resource and a plan to bring to step it up to the next level!


Wisdom Capture

  • Instead of keeping minutes of meetings we capture what we learn by using photos images and notes.  This ‘wisdom capture’ is then posted on my blog and on Joanna’s blog site.