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The problem of men's violence to known women-principally wives, partners, girlfriends-is, at last, more widely recognized. The Violences of Men addresses the problem of men's violence to known women within the broad context of men's use of power and violence in society. Jeff Hearn considers the scale of men's violence against women, and critically reviews the theoretical frameworks that are used to explain this violence. From the perspective of “critical studies of men,” he discusses issues, challenges, and possible research methods for those studying and researching violence, and particularly men's violence to known women. He then draws on extensive original research to analyze the various ways in which men describe, deny, justify, and excuse their violence, and considers the complex interaction between doing violence and talking about violence. He goes on to examine agencies' responses to men's violence, ranging from avoidance to policy and practice innovations and possibilities, before discussing ways that some men may move away from violence. The Violences of Men makes an important contribution both to theoretical debates about how to understand men's violence, and to debates on appropriate policy and practice in response to that violence.

Moving Away from Violence?
Moving away from violence?

How do men move away from the use of violence? How do men act against violence? While we can ask what happens after men have been violent, in another sense, once men have been violent there is not an easy division between the past, the present and the future. Past violence continues to form the present, and to affect how the future is understood. In some scenarios, once violent, men never stop, not least in terms of the persistence of threat and potential threat of violence. Furthermore, the mere presence of men can be violent and experienced as violating in some situations.

The social processes that occur after violence are characteristically contradictory. For example, the support that men may ...

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