Lateral Violence

When the oppressed become the oppressors.

Lateral violence is a form of bullying engaged in by those oppressed and lacking power. In this state of rage, anger, fear and at times terror, feeling unable to confront the system that dominates them, they instead lash out and attack peers and those closest to them, often those also oppressed.

Lateral violence is a sad and retraumatizing phenomenon.

Causes of the tendency towards lateral violence include:

  1. colonization,
  2. oppression,
  3. intergenerational trauma,
  4. powerlessness and
  5. the ongoing experience of racism and discrimination.

Resolving lateral violence at work requires confronting it by outing it, naming the damage it causes and acknowledging who it damages.

Create space for discussions on the topic in general. Engage peers to gain understanding and commit to eradicating the behaviour from the workplace.

Bullying & lateral violence – Creative Spirits


  1. Out it.
  2. Confront It.
  3. Discuss its Causes.

Gain Freedom from It.


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