It is a philosophy and set of practices that can assist individuals be safer and be applied to make organizations/systems less harmful. For individuals, harm reduction expands choices, increases access, and promotes opportunities to assist people be safer (particularly when engaging in culturally stigmatized behaviors—such as drug use and sex, especially trading sex for survival). Harm reduction also aims to shift organizations/systems (and our broader culture) to be safer for individuals and communities.
Harm reduction recognizes that society, and the systems within it, have historically increased harm to people who use drugs or engage in sex work through oppressive policy and stigmatizing culture.
meeting people where they’re at, but not leaving them there
acknowledging the significance of any positive change