How to use trigger warnings

3 min read - created March 16, 2021

Trigger warnings are notice of upcoming sensitive content or imagery that may have negative impact on someone. They are key to maintain our space safe by putting choice back into the hands of those who have had traumatic experiences: they can decide when and how to engage with the content.

💬 In writing

1/ Start with the abbreviation TW.

2/ Add a colon and the keyword clear enough so people know what to expect but without being too descriptive that it itself can trigger a reaction.

3/ If you are writing a post or a caption, add a good load of hyphen until the description is hidden so those who are OK can click on read more.

You can copy and paste the example below and update the keyword.

"TW: abuse ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"

🗣 In live conversation

1/ Say that you are giving a trigger warning.

2/ Clearly mention the theme(s) you will be touching on.

3/ Leave enough time for someone to opt-out.

It's scary but know that you aren't expected to be aware of everything that people can be triggered by, be open and respectful when someone reaches out to you about something you said or posted they felt triggered by.

📄 A list of trigger warnings

  • Rape and Sexual Violence
  • Abuse
  • Child abuse/pedophilia
  • Animal cruelty or animal death
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Discrimination
  • Suicide
  • Talk of dysphoria, body image and appearance
  • Excessive or gratuitous violence
  • Needles
  • Depiction of pornography
  • Incest
  • Kidnapping
  • Death or dying
  • Pregnancy/Childbirth
  • Miscarriages/Abortion
  • Blood
  • Mental illness

This is a living document, and subject to refinement and expansion in the future. DM us if you would like to help us improve it.

The use of this guide should not be restricted to LVRSNFRNDS. Use it in your day to day interactions: in person and online conversations. Feel free to share it with someone curious about using trigger warning, being safe should not be exclusive to what happens in our community.