We believe violence is preventable – not inevitable

Statement on the Orlando massacre from the European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

First, we are deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives in this act of hate and terror and the impact this horrific incident will have on the families and friends of those who died as well as on the survivors.

Second, that this massacre targeted a gay nightclub is also bringing to bear the continuing hate and negative attitude perpetrated against the LGBTQI community. Each time a massacre like this happens, society tends to blame it on mental illness, hateful ideologies, terrorism, etc. That is of course part of the problem but we also have to be aware of the hateful and toxic norms of masculinity which is a huge problem all over the world. Men perpetrate almost all violence in the world but it doesn´t has to be that way. We can change that. Men´s violent and hateful behavior together with no gun safety laws has to be targeted in many ways, through legislation, by scaling up primary prevention that challenge the societal notion of masculinity and by accountable and coordinated work with perpetrators of domestic violence fulfilling internationally accepted quality standards.

Like the president of United States of America, Barack Obama said: “To actively do nothing is a decision as well.” Let´s start working together to end men´s violence, towards women and children, towards transgender people, towards other men and towards themselves.

The WWP network is an open, democratic network of European organizations, whose primary aim is to improve women’s and children’s safety from domestic violence. For the members of the Network prevention of violence and work with perpetrators is deeply connected to gender equality.

More information about WWP EN: info(at)work-with-perpetrators.eu

 

 

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The "European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of domestic violence" was founded as formal organisation on April 9th, 2014 in Copenhagen. There are 18 founding members from 13 different countries. Before, the network operated for eight years as an informal association.

This website combines a documentation of the structure and the aims of the network with information about the most important events, the network's workshops. It furthermore has a collection of resources as well as descriptions of research activities.

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