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Gender blind view of violence lets men off the hook

July 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Peter Adams writes in the Weekend Herald:

For many of us involved with violence in New Zealand, the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence has provided a beacon of hope for the future.

We have watched politicians and officials taking a gender-neutral stance about violence in the home for decades. Policy document after policy document have adopted terms like "family violence" and "domestic abuse", and talked in ways that imply it is "people" in general who pursue violence against vulnerable family members. It is certainly true that "people abuse people": the abuse of boys and men, of the elderly and of the disabled can be horrific and cannot be minimised.

Read the full article here.

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