31 Things British Columbia Can Do Right Now to End Violence Against Women
30. Develop and implement appropriate programs for men who abuse women with a focus on gender power
More emphasis must be placed on making programs available to offenders who are genuinely interested in making a change in their lives. Programs must address belief systems that perpetuate violence and abusive behaviour. Drug and alcohol treatment programs and anger management programs are not a substitute for interventions that target patterns of abuse of power, although they may also be required. BC does not have a comprehensive inventory of programs and services available to men who abuse their female partners. BC should engage in an evidence-based process for selecting programs to develop and fund.
Women in British Columbia have waited too long already. That is why we are offering 31 things that BC’s new Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV) can push for right now to increase safety for women and to bring us closer than we have ever been to ending violence against women once and for all. We are calling for 31 social, economic and legal changes, none of which are unachievable in this province. Some would require very little financial investment, and each of them will save resources in the long term given the high costs of violence against women.
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