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.
After separation, men who abuse their intimate partners may misuse contact with their children and misuse the legal system in trying to maintain contact and control over their ex-partners. Alternatively, some abusive men appear to have a genuine, caring connection with their children and this connection has the potential to motivate them for positive change. This presentation is aimed at increasing understanding of the variations among men who use violence against women in their parenting motives and abilities. (This video includes a short section of copyright content from “Male Violence: A Room Full of Men” used with permission.)
Presented by Daniel G. Saunders, Professor, University of Michigan, USA, School of Social Work & Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Presented at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with project partners No to Violence and Berry Street (Video length 1 hour & 18 minutes, April 2015).