Non Violent Resistance (NVR) is a multi-modal systemic, community-based form of intervention for serious behaviour problems in young people. The vulnerabilities of young people with conduct problems are largely obscured by their aggressive behaviour. Aggression also leads to alienation between them and their parents, carers, teachers, and other adults. This alienation further inhibits the recognition of young people's distress by significant others.
Following on from an introduction to the theoretical background and therapeutic methodology of the NVR approach, this article examines the need for a child focus in parents" or carers" nonviolent resistance to violent and destructive behaviour; it further outlines some therapeutic possibilities that are inherent in NVR reconciliation work, when reconciliation gestures are used to raise the awareness of young people's unmet needs.