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Violence and Talking about Violence
Violence and talking about violence

In order to stop men's violence to known women, it is probably useful to understand how men understand violence. Men may talk about their violence to known women before, during or after the violence. Men may talk to the women concerned, to relatives, friends, agency staff, interviewers. Talking about violence is assumed to be reporting past events; it is also much more and much less than that. Thus these are not ‘true’ explanations; rather they are part of the way in which violence is often continued, less often contradicted. Talking about violence might involve defensiveness, diversion, denial, as well as directness, even bragging. Talking about violence can be exciting, convey threat, be ‘really interesting’, be mundane, sometimes ...

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