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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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Issues of masculinity and social cohesion: A critical review of programs for young men

Background

Renewed attention to gendered violence has led to a proliferation of different community-based programs designed to support men and boys to adopt more inclusive and respectful attitudes and behaviours. Drawing on theories of masculinity, gendered violence and social justice, this study seeks to explore the social justice implications of programs in Victoria designed to support inclusive and respectful masculinities. It examines how these programs understand masculinities, gender, violence and inclusion in their work with men and boys and how these understandings reflect the principles of social justice.

Aim

The study seeks to identify the social justice implications of programs in Victoria designed to support inclusive and respectful masculinities.

Methods

The study involves a critical stocktake of 20 programs (within Victoria) designed to support young men and boys to adopt respectful masculinities; interviews with program leaders about the aims and activities of their program; follow up case studies with five programs to further explore issues from the interviews; development of a resource with recommendations for practice; and workshops with interested stakeholders to share findings.

Significance

Renewed attention to gendered violence has led to a proliferation of different community-based programs designed to support men and boys to adopt more inclusive and respectful attitudes and behaviours. While most of these programs are positive in supporting this goal, they can differ markedly in their approach. Some of them understand violence as an issue of masculinity and thus seek to challenge harmful masculine norms and recognise gender diversity; others are more focused on recognising and celebrating an essentialised masculinity (e.g. strong, self-sufficient, a protector of others). These different approaches have different implications for social justice and social cohesion more broadly.

Funding Body

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (Deakin University)

Funding Budget

$90,000

Project start date

June 2020

Expected completion date

June 2022
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