While promoting access to resources and systems of support for those affected by gender-based violence is absolutely crucial, this new book focuses attention on the important question of how communities can take action to prevent violence and abuse.
Using examples of current research and practice, the book explores the actions that can be taken in individual sectors of society, our schools, faith communities, campuses, on our streets and using new popular technologies. The contributors draw on global examples to highlight the importance of learning from the study of the interaction between socio-political contexts and effective policies and strategies to address gender-based violence. Chapters take up the challenge of exploring the construction of effective programmes that address cognitive, affective and behavioural domains. They discuss what people know, how they feel and how they behave, and include the important challenge of how to engage men in working towards the elimination of gender-based violence, offering positive messages which build on men’s values and predisposition to act in a positive manner. Importantly, such strategies place the responsibility for preventing gender-based violence on the society as a whole rather than on vulnerable individuals.
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in gender studies, women’s studies, social work, sociology, law and health studies. Its unique approach focuses on the achievement of prevention at the earliest possible stage and examines the issue through a society-wide, but community-focused lens.
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Chapter 1. Framing the issues (Ann Taket and Beth R Crisp)
Chapter 2. Working with parents and young families (Laura Coady, Ann Taket and Beth R Crisp)
Chapter 3. Respectful relationships education: A case study of working in schools (Debbie Ollis and Suzanne Dyson)
Chapter 4. Meeting adolescents ‘where they’re at’: the use of technology to prevent violence and abuse in adolescent romantic relationships (Erica Bowen and Emma Sobring)
Chapter 5. Violence and abuse in young people’s intimate relationships: interface of gender, prevalence, impact and implications for prevention (Christine Barter)
Chapter 6. Campus safety project: strategies, recommendations and obstacles in addressing gender-based violence on campuses (Clara Porter and Cathy Plourde)
Chapter 7. Prevention, resistance, recovery, revolution: feminist empowerment self defence (Lynne Marie Wanamaker)
Chapter 8. Engaging bystanders in violence prevention (Ann Taket and Cathy Plourde)
Chapter 9. Faith communities as a setting for the prevention of gender-based violence (Beth R Crisp)
Chapter 10. The potential contribution of health and social care professional practice to primary prevention (Ann Taket and Beth R Crisp)
Chapter 11. Asset-based approaches for preventing gender-based violence in the workplace (Beth R Crisp and Ann Taket)
Chapter 12. Power, progress and pink pussy hats: rising resistance (Ann Taket and Beth R Crisp)
‘This book is about strong women and communities working together to identify and implement strategies, which both assist and empower women and girls who have survived gender based violence, and to prevent it happening in the future. It clearly names gender based violence as a human rights abuse and identifies the key issues to be considered when addressing violence against women. The excellent Introduction provides a broad analytical context for the following chapters, which contribute to our understanding of a wide range of contexts in which gender based violence occurs, and suggests creative responses towards its elimination.’ - Adjunct Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway, Forced Migration Network, UNSW Australia.