If you want to cut bullying in schools, look at the ‘invisible violence’ in our societyThe researcher Ben Arnold Lohmeyer challenges simplistic answers about what causes young people to be violent. To reduce school bullying we need to look at what is known as the invisible violence that young people are typically exposed to in their everyday lives.
Invisible violence isn’t direct action, such as bullying between people. It’s a feeling of violation experienced through culturally accepted behaviours and power imbalances. Physical violence can then be thought of as the visible eruption or outpouring of the pressure built up through invisible violating social and power inequalities.