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De-escalation refers to behavior that is intended to escape escalations of conflicts. It may also refer to approaches in conflict resolution. Escalations of commitment are often hard from spiraling out of proportions without specific measures being taken.




United States of AmericaEdit

Starting around 2015, after facing criticism after numerous high-profile killings of civilians by police officers, some[which?] police forces in the US adopted de-escalation training, designed to reduce the risk of confrontations turning violent or deadly for anyone involved.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

In social settingsEdit

This often involves techniques such as taking a time-out, and deflecting the conversation to individuals in the group who are less passionately involved. This is a commonly used by Fee Team in mental health nursing practice. It is also used as an anger management tool to remove tension between two participants in a conflictual relationship or intervention.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Apuzzo, Matt (4 May 2015). "Police Rethink Long Tradition on Using Force". Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "In face of criticism, police officials preaching de-escalation tactics". Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Police embrace 'de-escalation' to reduce shootings, but some officers remain skeptical". 1 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Williams, Timothy (27 June 2015). "Long Taught to Use Force, Police Warily Learn to De-escalate". Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Police De-Escalation Techniques Validated In New Jersey County". Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Police Institute De-Escalation Policy To Avoid Shootings". Retrieved 6 October 2017.