The Courageous Conversations campaign was launched in Benalla last week in an effort to reduce violence against women.LIBBY PRICE September 4, 2014 3:15am
The launch of Courageous Conversations, where individuals, workplaces and clubs are encouraged to join in the conversation on preventing violence against women.
For violence against women to stop, men must talk to men about the issue, because violent men won’t listen to women.
That was just one of the confronting messages from Deakin University’s Chair of Social Work, Professor Bob Pease at the the Courageous Conversations campaign launch held by Women’s Health Goulburn North East in Benalla last week.
The campaign aims to encourage individuals, workplaces and clubs to talk about preventing violence against women.
Prof Pease challenged the men at the launch to take the lead.
‘‘We need to start talking about violence against women as a men’s issue. Most men say, ‘I’m not violent against my wife or women. It’s a women’s issue.’ The current language obscures the issue,’’ Prof Pease said.
‘‘We’re reluctant to be up-front in naming it as an issue for men for fear of the backlash, of people saying ‘this is just male bashing, we’re not all violent, women are violent too’.
‘‘Men need to ask themselves, ‘Have I pressured a women to have sex, have I exploited women in relationships or perhaps been complicit?’. It’s confronting .
The Benalla Saints Sports Club has been in partnership with WHGNE since the start of this sporting season and all player uniforms now carry the Courageous Conversations logo to promote discussion about domestic violence. The club has also had its own discussion sessions to educate players about what they can do to prevent violence against women.
Benalla senior football coach Luke Morgan was shocked by the level of domestic violence when he moved to Benalla. He believed even changing the club’s name has helped.
‘‘When we went from the Demons to the Saints I firmly believe it changed the roles and contributions of women. We’re striving to give as much back to the community.’’
A recent study titled It’s Against All the Rules found 91 per cent of men aged 21 to 29 years would not talk to their peers about violence against women.
‘‘The vast majority of domestic violence is men against women. We’re facing the paradox that over the last 20 years there’s been a dramatic increase in awareness campaigns, yet the violence continues — in many cases — to escalate,’’ Prof Pease said.
There is also evidence suggesting that in a more gender equal society men live longer.
‘‘Violent, controlling, coercive men are more prone to heart attacks. By being in more connected relationships with women, men live longer,’’ Prof Pease said.
‘‘Even the sustainability of the planet is at stake. It’s not a surprise the vast majority of climate deniers are white, straight men who want to maintain the patriarchy.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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