We are a non-profit communications and design service provider for the social sector.
WithoutViolence (an AssemblyO – Witter gGmbH project) applies lessons learned from our foundational research and from existing behavioural science findings to solutions-focused communications, research and design. Our focus is on advocacy in support of children’s rights, and violence and conflict prevention – as well as the areas intersecting with these issues such as gender equality, health and education.
“Using beautiful design to package impactful content, based on strong research, is the guiding principle we return to every day.”
— Fabio venturini, communications and advocacy director
Our multi-skilled team brings experience from a diverse range of fields such as public policy, academia, advocacy, publishing, design, and film production.
WithoutViolence has become a respected independent voice in the global field of solutions-focused advocacy to governments, policymakers, and philanthropy.
At WithoutViolence, our focus is on evidence-based solutions and the stories that come with them. We know that the most effective way to develop impactful communications and advocacy tools is in combining data and storytelling.
The most important aspect of our work is in adding strength to the advocacy voices of those we work with. Through testing messaging and the effectiveness of the tools we design, our understanding of impactful advocacy continues to grow. Our mission is to share what we have learned.
Whether we are drafting an opinion piece for media placement, formulating a policy paper for advocacy to government, or developing an infographic for sharing on social media, the same principals of accuracy, clarity and impactful storytelling apply to everything we do.
We believe that beautiful and effective design is a key component in getting your message noticed by your target audience. The best content in the world can be let down when design is ignored. That's why design is one of the core pillars of our work.
At WithoutViolence, we pride ourselves on getting to the core of every issue we work on. That means developing a deep understanding of the existing research and conducting our own research when the information isn't already available.
WithoutViolence has grown from a project focused on accelerating the impact of advocates working to end violence against children. From that beginning, through the specific interests and areas of expertise of our team, we have a broad focus now on children, violence and conflict prevention, and gender issues.
VIOLENCE & CONFLICT PREVENTION
One of the biggest lessons we have learned through our work with our many clients and partners has been that no issue stands alone. Social issues tend to intersect with one another. Understanding where these intersections occur and tailoring messages that address these intersections make it possible to build bridges between sectors and strengthen everyone's advocacy message.
OUR Friends & PARTNERS
WithoutViolence collaborates regularly with a wide range of friends and partners from across the globe. To discuss ways that we can work with your organisation, please get in touch so we can start our conversation.
Our Berlin team comes from a wide range of backgrounds and we each bring a particular mix of interests and passions to our everyday work. In addition to our core team, we work closely with a group of freelance partners located in cities around the world to ensure each project we work on has the perfect team to make it a success. These include issue experts and researchers, artists and film makers.
WithoutViolence was founded by Lisa Witter in 2013 to accelerate the impact of advocacy by leaders in the field of ending violence against children. Lisa is also the the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Apolitical: a technology platform combined with a powerful global impact network for government and its partners; advancing the best ideas and people in the public service to help solve the hardest challenges facing our societies. It’s like TripAdvisor meets LinkedIn for government.
Program Manager & Co-Managing DirectoR
Nadja wants to accelerate change to improve the lives of children and women worldwide. Before joining WithoutViolence, Nadja worked as a consultant supporting the former Federal President Horst Köhler on the UN High-level Panel for the post-2015 agenda. She also worked as a Program coordinator for the GIZ, the German international development agency. Nadja holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies of Uppsala University, Sweden.
Communications and Advocacy Director & Co-Managing Director
Before he joined WithoutViolence, Fabio worked for the School of Public Policy of the Central European University and had already spent over ten years in journalism and publishing as a reporter and magazine editor. Fabio has worked with the Irish office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and earned his MA in International Security and Conflict at Dublin City University. He is also an International Mediation Institute certified mediator.
Vito worked as a freelance designer in Turin (Italy) and Nice (France) before moving to Berlin. He has a long history of experience and involvement in LGBTQ rights, both as a designer and activist, with a number of French and Italian organisations. He believes that graphic design is an important tool to make the world a better place.