Publisher: AK Press
Released: December 7, 2021
The primary resource on community accountability and transformative justice.
The Creative Interventions Toolkit is a practical guide to community-based interventions against interpersonal violence, a process also known as community accountability or transformative justice. Originally an online resource, it is written for everyday people—survivors, people who caused harm, and friends/family who want to help without turning to the police or government. This toolkit provides basic information about interpersonal violence; advice for survivors of violence and people who have caused harm; guides for people who want to help; a framework to confront and transform violence; and stories from people who have used community-based interventions.
The Creative Interventions Toolkit provides:
- Basic information on the dynamics of interpersonal violence
- Special sections for survivors of violence and people who have caused harm
- Guides for facilitators, friends, and family
- A basic model or framework to confront and transform violence
- Lots of tools for safety, accountability, and coordination
- Stories from everyday people who have used community-based interventions
Readers will gain knowledge and specific strategies to break isolation and create solutions that can be adapted to many different situations and communities.
Praise for the Creative Interventions Toolkit
“The CI Toolkit is my go-to reference whenever I begin a new community accountability intervention. I've often remarked that it is the Bible for most facilitators I know.”
—Mariame Kaba, author of New York Times Bestseller We Do This ’Til We Free Us
“This toolkit is essential reading for anyone interested in transformative justice and community responses to violence. It is accessible, concrete, thorough and filled with years and years of lessons…. The CI Toolkit offers practical information and practices for transformative justice/community accountability, without shying away from the very real challenges and complexities of this work. The importance of Creative Interventions' work cannot be overstated enough.”
—Mia Mingus, founder of Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC)
“Instead of writing about transformative justice as a theoretical nice idea, the Creative Interventions Toolkit is packed with tools and readings to work through the real deal of interrupting violence without the cops…. In a bold time when we are closer than ever to making abolition and defunding police and prisons real, this toolkit is more necessary than ever.”
—Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of Care Work
“The Creative Interventions Toolkit is one of the clearest and most practical resources to build transformative justice and community accountability skills that our movements have…. If you want to deepen your practice, through one resource, start here.”
—Ejeris Dixon, co-editor of Beyond Survival
“The Creative Interventions Toolkit is the in-depth practical guide that people looking to come together to support people experiencing violence need. It provides a roadmap for doing this important work, helping groups anticipate and navigate common problems. It is thorough and clear, and so essential to building the world we want.”
—Dean Spade, author of Normal Life and Mutual Aid
Creative Interventions is a resource center to create and promote community-based interventions to interpersonal violence (sexual, domestic, and family violence/child abuse). Also known as community accountability or transformative justice, this approach centers survivors of violence and mobilizes those closest to violence including friends and family and, in some cases, the person or people who caused harm to create solutions to violence. By relying upon community connection and care rather than policing and punishment, violence can be confronted, stopped, and transformed where it starts—in our homes, our streets, and our neighborhoods. Creative Interventions is based in Los Angeles, CA.