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‘It’s a man’s problem’: Patrick Stewart and the men fighting to end domestic violence

These men have gathered for a panel event organised by the domestic violence charity Refuge. They are here for themselves and for other men. “Because domestic violence is a man’s problem,” Stewart tells me before the event. “We are the ones who are committing the offences, performing the cruel acts, controlling and denying. It’s the men.”

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Thank you, Patrick Stewart & these other men who are stepping forward and talking about this. These are courageous acts, and they are helping.
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“To think to yourself: ‘I don’t beat women, so it’s not my issue,’ is just not enough. We need to raise the bar a little higher.”

I wish more men understood this.
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Glad to see this call for men to do more to change social attitudes around violence.
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In my opinion, I feel domestic violence will happen because of both men and women. One can't simply make men to be responsible for these acts. I feel both partners should have good mutual understanding and sit with your partner open up your mind and talk to him from the heart. Try to understand what's going on inside him. Only you can heal his/her pain. After all it takes some time and this will happen only when you put away your ego and with positive mind.If both partners are having good mutual understanding there won't be much scope for violence in any way and though if there is any it will be adjusted between them ... hope for best
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Hallelujah! I’ve had male friends drop me because I’ve said the same. Of course it’s a mans problem.
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Patrick Stewart is such a great guy. I'm glad he's speaking out, and I'm glad he's questioning men's lack of involvement in helping women recover from domestic violence.
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I've always wondered why helping one group, in this case victims who are women, meant sacrificing the rights of others such as male victims. What sort of logic is applied? Domestic violence is not a woman's issue exactly because it also affects men. It's as if we are not allowed to focus briefly on one issue at the time. I simply don't believe that by helping female victims we are victimizing men.
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The percentage of women vs men killed by domestic violence is not much different to the percentage of male vs female suicide. Yet its interesting how women aren't allowed space to discuss domestic violence and homicide as a problem that disproportionately affects them. Yet I can link to many articles relating to male suicide.
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Think the issue with this is that the men who really need to listen to this don’t think they’ve got a problem. They blame everything on their victims. So unfortunately they won’t pay any attention to this.
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We need to start with the boys, our small boys who we indulge in the theatrical illusion - “boys will be boys” ... when they’ve gone out in to the big wide world they don’t know how to earn respect, forge an identity so they demand an illusion of it, the family unit must maintain that illusion. We must start with children and parenting in the first instance, that is how we educate the men. We bring up well adjusted, secure, strong , respectful boys who don’t need to control anyone to make themselves feel valid.
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