A constructivist approach to challenging men’s violence against women
AffiliationFaculty of Arts, Social Work
Document TypePhD thesis
CitationsLaming, C. (2005). A constructivist approach to challenging men’s violence against women. PhD Thesis, Faculty of Arts, Social Work, University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2005 Dr. Chris Laming
This PhD by project consists of a Manual for workers engaged in men’s behaviour change programs and a dissertation that theorises the principles underpinning the approach. The Manual and the dissertation examine a constructivist approach to challenging men’s violence against women. The project, which is situated in rural Australia, is called the Men’s SHED (Self Help Ending Domestics) Project. The SHED Manual is based on a constructivist approach to men’s violence against women that reflects best practice principles within a profeminist framework. The Manual is comprised of eight sections that articulate various aspects of challenging men’s violence against women, with individuals, groups and communities. The dissertation details the journey of the project from its inception in 1994 to the beginning of 2002. Personal construct theory provides a philosophical basis for the approach being enunciated in this study and it enables an exploration of constructive alternatives in engaging and challenging men towards behaviour change. As such, it is utilised both in engaging men to become non-violent and at the same time, reflexively enabling workers and facilitators to examine ways in which they can construct more effective ways for this to happen. The project is thus one of hopeful anticipation leading to new constructive alternatives in the endeavour to stop men’s violence against women.
Keywordsmen’s violence against women; intimate partner violence; men’s behaviour change; men’s SHED Project; Personal Construct Theory; men’s responsibility; constructivist approach; pro-feminist framework; challenging men’s violence against women; SHED Manual
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