Creating Compassionate Communities

Compassionate communities believe in the power of human connectedness and in practicing empathy for others. Compassionate communities work together to end violence against women and girls, men and boys.

By widening our circle of compassion, we build relationships based on equality, trust, and respect and move toward a future without violence. Together, we will create a world where all women and girls, men and boys are safe and respected, and everyone can reach their full potential. A community based on democracy and collaboration.


“We see that compassion is deeply rooted in our brains, our bodies, and in the most basic ways we communicate. What’s more, a sense of compassion fosters compassionate behavior and helps shape the lessons we teach our children.

Of course, simply realizing this is not enough; we must also make room for our compassionate impulses to flourish. They do more than make us reconsider our assumptions about human nature. They offer a blueprint for a more compassionate world.”

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., Executive Editor of Greater Good, the founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Building Capacity

Here are ways to build your compassionate community:

Connect – One in four women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

What you can do: Talk to relatives, friends, or co-workers you know or suspect may be in an unhealthy relationship or experiencing abuse. Look for opportunities to reach out and be informed about your local domestic violence program.

Justice – Compassion and accountability at all levels of society is necessary to confronting violence

What you can do: Support policies that increase accountability for individuals engaging in abusive behavior.

Respect – Change starts with you! Be a positive role model.

What you can do: Practice healthy relationship skills and attitudes with your family and community

Responsibility – Violence is preventable when we act.

What you can do: Take action when you witness abuse.