Men's behaviour change programs: Addressing power, privilege and oppression in intimate partner violence

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AbstractsThe aim of this chapter is to explore the nature of men’s power and privilege in relationships, with a focus on the way in which this is being addressed in Men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs). These MBCPs seek to prevent violence against women, and therefore oppression of women. This chapter argues that to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV)Australia’s MBCPs need to engage with and address patriarchal power and privilege. Male privilege and power are significant elements in IPV.The scoping literature review explores what works and what doesn’t in these men’s behaviour change programs globally to establish the efficacy of the programs for prevention of IPV and restore safety to women and their children. Further, it allows us to summarise research evidence across a broad area of literature to understand the most recent conclusions in the field. We go a step further and explore the gender, social, economic, and political systems that sustain IPV but may not be addressed by the MBCPs. We make some recommendations about how programs could improve outcomes through evaluation of where men begin to understand their power and privilege, and where men could change from oppressor to partner in addressing IPV.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Feminist and Queer Studies
Subtitle of host publicationPower, Privilege and Inequality in a Time of Neoliberal Conservatism
EditorsDonna Bridges, Cliff Lewis, Elizabeth Wulff, Chelsea Litchfield, Larissa Bamberry
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic) 9781003316954
ISBN (Print)9781032328294
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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