DV in the news

Periodically I like to post news items about how communities are dealing with the problems of DV in their communities. This week there are a couple of interesting articles from the UK and from Canada. The laws in one country may differ from another country, they may even differ from state to state. But the issues and problems of DV are much the same no matter what state or country.

Men’s group takes stand against domestic violence; Photo campaign being considered   Canada

Domestic violence victims urged to speak out  UK

Domestic violence court success for town   UK

Domestic violence awareness group offers displays, open house in April IA

Male victims the subject of domestic violence conference WV

Task force speaks out on domestic violence  NY

I find those especially interesting because they are addressing the way that DV is perceived by the public. DV is in our culture- in our music from folk songs to rap, in our movies, even in romance novels. It even shows up in clothing if you take a look at some of the t-shirts out today. And for the most part it is not presented as a negative thing.

Canada is working to get men to support the fact that DV is wrong. It is not an acceptable way to handle domestic problems. That it isn’t just ‘the way things are done.’

In the UK they are encouraging friends to report when they are aware of DV in another friend’s relationship. They point out that a friend making such a report is not interfering in the relationship- they are intervening in a problem that is happening in the relationship. By bringing it to the attention of authorities, they are actually putting the friend’s in contact with a source of help. Something that could be of benefit to both the victim and the perpetrator.

In the US, actress Salma Hayek is speaking out against DV. And local communities working to make sure that potential victims know of resources for help. Also drawing attention to the fact that men can be victims of domestic violence also. Draws attention to the need for services for male victims.

By changing the public perception of DV and the way it is viewed in our culture, that is the first step in changing the acceptance of the problem.

Study seeks domestic violence victims  ME

Maine is doing a study on the role of mental health counseling in domestic violence relationships and needs participants.

Participants must have experienced domestic violence during the past three years and received professional counseling during that time. The write-up of each interview will protect the identity of the participant and the participant’s counselor or counselors. Interviews will take 60 to 90 minutes.

The minimum age for participation is 18 years. Each participant will receive a $25 certificate to a local grocery store.

More info at link

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4 Comments

  1. Kristy said,

    April 14, 2007 at 5:25 am

    I’m from Australia, and I have to say we’re doing addressing the problem of DV within the community. Of course. DV does still exist, but I believe measures being taken by the government are having a very positive impact on women and men experiencing DV, as well as in terms of changing community perception. A small town near where I live (who have historically had a big DV culture) has a fantastic scheme running, where men from around the town have gotten together to run a “Good *Town Name* Men don’t abuse women.” project, helping perpetrators of DV feel supported towards ending the cycle. We also have some TV ads running; “To violence against women, Australia says no”. These have admittedly become a bit of a laughing point, but I believe the publicity out of the “joke” has been very positive, and have certainly helped to bring DV into conversation.

    I believe that until DV no longer exists, we’ll continue to have problems and statistics, but I do believe that as a nation, Australia is doing very well. I hope that the rest of the world is going well too.

  2. April 14, 2007 at 6:27 am

    Kristy thank you for telling us about what is being done in Au. What you are describing sounds similar to what the article on Canada talks about. And what is tried and works in one area or country is something that should be explored for other areas and countries.
    The changing the culture by having other men speak out against DV + providing support for both the victims and the perpetrators approach sounds really promising.

  3. Harding said,

    April 14, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Sweet,

    I never thought I’d see the Brantford Expositor featured on a U.S. blog! Anyway, I thought you’d be interested in the White Ribbon Campaign, which is a Canadian men’s group committed to ending violence against women. Here’s a link to their site:

    http://www.whiteribbon.ca/

  4. April 14, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for the link Harding. I have added both that link and the associated blog. Though I usually cover crimes from the U.S., any program from any country that shows promise in dealing with dealing with the problem of DV is welcome. And I do believe that program and the one described by Kristy shows promise. Peer pressure can be a powerful influence in anyone’s life.


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