Overcoming the Gender Dyad: Engaging Men and Boys in Domestic Violence Prevention


Abstract: The entrenched gender dyad of female victim and male perpetrator in domestic violence discourse influences the underlying philosophy and assumptions that guide the design of government policies, programs and community activities and limits long-term, systematic dismantling of socio-cultural conditions that enable violence to exist. The promotion of positive fatherhood is offered as one useful strategy to begin to engage boys and men in domestic violence prevention efforts and to shift broader domestic violence narratives beyond the current gendered conception of vulnerability to domestic violence.