Attitudes to family violence

The state of Victoria in Australia is holding a Royal Commission into Family Violence.

In her opening statement at the public hearings of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, commissioner Marcia Neave said family violence’s causes:

… are deeply embedded in community attitudes about gender, and about what is and what is not legitimate and appropriate between intimate partners and within families.

The commission’s remit is to “provide practical recommendations on how Victoria’s response to family violence can be improved”. This is an overdue examination and a highly commendable intention, as is the issue being high on the COAG agenda this week.

But to reduce family violence, we need to examine the culture of masculinity and the way we socialise our children into gender roles.

Read the full article in The Conversation here.

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