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I'm not going to support or contribute to any campaign which assumes that women are always victims and men are always aggressors. It may be like that in some countries, but that's simply not the reality of DV in the West.
What we need to do most is show women who do expereince domestic violence that the behaviour they keep excusing, shouldn't be tolerated and that there is help.
Even if you plan to keep this women-only, I'd suggest that there's quite a bit more to DV than excusing inexcusable behaviour. The psychology of DV is complex and subtle, and there's a spectrum of relationship types and behaviours which include elements of family-of-origin damage, substance abuse, and very subtle forms of control and brainwashing.
I think anti-DV campaigns would be better served by better education in relationship literacy, and better role modelling of what good relationships look like.
A campaign showing healthy relationships that don't assume mutual abuse would certainly be a first.
This isn't about DV per se, although an increased incidence in DV is associated with households who take in less than £20k, and is also associated with increased stress and financial worry.
Welsh DV campaigns more recently have highlighted the subtleties and behaviours that are not healthy in relationships.
We want to get messages out about the impact of cuts from the perspectives of unpaid care, employment, benefits and education.
The idea behind gathering examples of a range of successful campaigns/communication methods is to inspire reps to think out of the box about projects of their own and how they will communicate to their members. Clips of people telling their personal stories always has an impact.
This breaks the stereotype that its always man on women abuse; that D|V is somehow an exclusively "womens" issue; and encourages men to identify with the abused rather than the abuser.
It would be interesting to see how male viewers "cope" with the video: often with sarcasm/humour/evasiveness - and blame the man for not being a real man for allowing it to happen. - this comes from the same of thought form stable that the blames the female victim for "asking for it" by not being sufficient sweet/amenable/compliant or whatever.
You could role play it - and video some vox pop reactions to the video - and the advice they give the victim on how s/he should have reacted, or bystanders should have reacted. Or how you would have reacted. Or what you thought was the underlying cause, and what could be a lasting solution.
Put all the prejudices/hang-ups out there as expressed by people reacting to the role play so that the reactions become part of the role play experience. Actors responding to the advice given from the audience - harassing a member of the audience - also role played - who gives "the WRONG answer".
Confuse people by implying they are implicated in the violence - it was there fault it happened because they did nothing. Break the conventional performer/detached observer convention.` YOU knew your neighbour was being beaten up, didn't you?
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