In this chapter, Hearn considers men’s violence to women within the context of patriarchal gender relations. Findings from his research on men who have been violent to women highlight specific practice issues for social workers, probation officers and workers in ‘men’s programmes’. The research identifies how little direct contact social workers had with men who were violent to women. To illustrate his arguments, Hearn describes five cases in which men who were violent to women had direct contact with social workers. The research also found that while probation officers had more contact with men who were violent to women, there was relatively little work done by probation officers with these men specifically on their violence to women. Hearn argues for the development of more pro-active approaches by social workers and probation officers to working with men on their violence. However, this development cannot depend solely on the motivation of individuals or groups of workers, but needs to be supported within agencies. In the final section of the chapter, Hearn identifies issues that agency policies need to attend to if this type of work is to be appropriately supported.
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