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Batterer Programs may be more Harmful than Beneficial

Even Groups for Batterers run by private or social service agencies that are not mainly mental health staffed and oriented are unlikely to have any real effect on the abuse, and may in some ways make it worse for the abused woman. When an abusive man is required by a Judge to attend a weekly local group “for batterers” for six months or a

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Domestic Violence or Abuse are Not a “Mental Health Issues”

People who burn down buildings, or set off bombs, or murder other people, may arguably have mental “problems,” and no doubt “need help,” but society does not view serious crimes as primarily “mental health” issues; it addresses them with prison terms, not with counseling groups or psychotherapy. Domestic abuse and even violence however have long been viewed more ambivalently by western society. Male physical

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Taxing Prostitution? Please Think Again… and a bit Deeper

Raising funds by taxing prostitution is surely among the most wrong-headed, misinformed – and in the deepest sense immoral – ideas being pushed in America today. Thus The New York Times’ unusually light-hearted and splashy, four-columns, two-photos story by Charlie LeDuff on 6/28/03, which naively glamorized and implicitly promoted prostitution will give more fuel to all the critics who increasingly wonder when the respected

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Why Are Anti-sexist Men Confronting Violence Against Women?

The Ending Men’s Violence Network of NOMAS is devoted to ending the whole range of men’s violence, against women, against children, and against one another. We believe that the world is bleeding from many forms of male violence, and that it must be stopped. We are sometimes asked, but more often people simply wonder without asking… What motivates us? Why do we as men

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The Myth of the “Battered Husband Syndrome

By Jack C. Straton, Ph.D. The most recurrent backlash against women’s safety is the myth that men are battered as often as women. Suzanne Steinmetz [1] created this myth with her 1977 study of 57 couples, in which four wives were seriously beaten but no husbands were beaten. By a convoluted thought process [2] she concluded that her finding of zero battered husbands implied

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Manufacturing Consent – Is It Rape?

by Ben Atherton-Zeman–August 2006   How do you know when your partner has consented to sex? Do you ask, or do you assume they’ve consented if they don’t say anything? Do you watch for body language? Do you try to “make them relax” if it seems like they’re not consenting? Rather than seeking consent, you may be attempting to “manufacture” it. When I was

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HOW DO WE KNOW CUSTODY COURTS ARE SENDING CHILDREN TO LIVE WITH ABUSERS?

by Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Child Custody Task Group Mothers and domestic violence advocates have been complaining for many years about problems in the custody court system that have resulted in large numbers of children being sent to live with abusive fathers while safe, protective mothers are denied any meaningful relationship with their children.  Courts have tended to dismiss the complaints by referring to the

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2009 BrotherPeace Award goes to Barry Goldstein

The Ending Men’s Violence Network of NOMAS addresses all forms of violence by men, particularly in the context of patriarchal privilege and sexism.  The EMV-Net is especially active in working against domestic abuse, but also addresses sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault, and the abuse of women in trafficking, prostitution and pornography. The EMV-Net periodically awards its National BrotherPeace Award to an individual who has made

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