Myths about violence
Our beliefs and attitudes are shaped by many influences and can be held without conscious thought. When we unpack the building blocks of our attitudes we can identify certain myths or false truths upon which our attitudes are based. Some myths can lead people to minimise or excuse violent behaviour. We can identify these commonly held but prejudicial myths and constructively question their influence on our attitudes, behaviours and our relationships.
Prejudicial myths are dangerous because they influence how we think and feel about violence against women and their children. These beliefs and attitudes then influence how we act when confronted with violent behaviour or how we respond when we hear about violence.
Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy.
Danny Blay is a qualified Men’s Behaviour Change Program facilitator and counsellor. His key achievements included the contribution to an expanded and coordinated approach to family violence in Victoria, the development of innovative training on family violence prevention for the community sector and fostering formal working relationships with other aligned organisations and stakeholders.