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Engaging men: Strategies and dilemmas in violence prevention education among men

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Efforts to prevent violence against women will fail unless they undermine the cultural and collective supports for physical and sexual assault found among many men. Men are the overwhelmingly majority of the perpetrators of violence against women, a substantial minority of males accept violence-supportive attitudes and beliefs, and cultural constructions of masculinity shape men’s use of physical and sexual violence against women. Educational strategies which lessen such social supports for violence therefore are vital. This paper outlines recent Australian community education campaigns directed at men and the dilemmas with which they deal. It then identifies five key challenges in such work.

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Flood, M. (2002-2003). Engaging Men: Strategies and dilemmas in violence prevention education among men. Women Against Violence: A Feminist Journal, 13, pp. 25-32.

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