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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.

In and around Agencies
In and around agencies

After violence a number of things may happen. The woman may or may not take action. Other people - family, friends, neighbours, children - may or may not respond. Such responses may challenge and oppose that violence or may do little, if anything, to stop further violence. Violence may or may not be noticed, named and made public. Thus one major response is silence and not noticing: non-response is a response. Another response is contact with an agency, statutory or voluntary. This chapter reviews these agency contacts by summarizing their basic pattern; considering the particular issues raised in the main types of agency; and concluding with analysis of the relationship of internal organizational dynamics and men's violence to known ...

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