What is Lateral Violence?
In the words of Lateral Love™ Elders Wisdom Patron Auntie Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian,
Lateral violence is the power and control used by dominating authorities and/or individuals to disconnect and decimate a peoples or persons nationhood birthrights, to their spiritual and cultural heritage, self and cultural identity and ‘sense of being’, by means of colonisation processes that ‘normalise’ institutionalised systems of violent intimidation, manipulation and deception politically, religiously, legitimately , governmentally and socially.
(Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, C.D.: 2012)