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.
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.
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