If mediation techniques can be used to help people put down guns, then it shouldn’t be difficult for people to understand that it could help in less violent disputes.
Check out this article about how “Violence Interrupters” are cutting down on violent crimes in Chicago. The last paragraph mentions the use of mediation techniques. These women are finding solutions that work for people who would otherwise seek revenge by shooting each other. If mediation can work for that tough Chicago crowd, it can help neighbors fighting over a barking dog or families disputing the custody of children.