Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

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Primary prevention of intimate partner violence is a realistic objective. But it will take a great deal of public will to put systems in place that support the development of a culture that no longer reinforces "male entitlement dysfunction" and problem solving through violence and abuse of power.

Broad-based, population-wide primary prevention interventions are useful, but they are not enough.

For example, public service announcements and media campaigns aimed at promoting awareness of intimate partner violence play an important role. But such efforts have failed to stop smoking, drunk driving, or teen drug use, because it takes much more than a media campaign to transform patterns of behavior.

In order to have an enduring impact, primary prevention efforts must focus on individuals, families, and communities. The circumstances and factors that influence intimate partner violence are the result of a complex interplay of risk and protective factors from all of these domains.

The objectives of such interventions are similar to those of effective school-based violence-prevention programs, which not only strive to educate the populace, but also to transform it.

Transformation does not come easy, however. …

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