Principles of Healing-Centered Harm Reduction

  1. Acknowledges harm to be an integral part of the human experience and that experiencing harm is one of the many ways our lives, minds, and hearts adapt to the world;
  2. Recognizes that harm happens on both an interpersonal and an institutional level, and that holistic approaches seek to reduce the harm perpetuated by both;
  3. Understands that people perceive and experience the world differently; what is harmful or traumatic for one may be an act of resilience to another and these perceptions can evolve over time;
  4. Puts forth that harm is often a result of the lengths some people must go to survive; a survival which is compromised by institutional harm and violence;
  5. Honors the many ways that survival and healing look without condemning or glorifying how people survive and heal;
  6. Values holding space and time for connection, learning, unlearning, elevation, and liberation;
  7. Centers shared, individual, and intersecting experiences of colonization, anti-Blackness and racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism and other oppressions;
  8. Supports holistic, tailored approaches to restoration and reparation as well as practical strategies to reduce harm and increase access to resources;
  9. Elevates community-based, inter-generational and cultural approaches to resilience that are led by the people most impacted by the issue at hand; and
  10. Holds systems of power and privilege accountable and addresses power imbalances through transformative justice models that prioritize restoration over punishment, rather than relying on violent and exploitative state-sponsored systems.

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