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Resolving the prevention paradox: The role of communities and organisations in the primary prevention of violence against women


A conference presentation (in article form) that examines the "prevention paradox" - that positive shifts in attitudes and norms are undermined by gender inequality, but increases in VAW can be triggered when improvements in gender equality occur in the absence of normative and attitudinal change leading to backlash. This paper reports on a study of best practice in engaging boys and men VAW primary prevention and argues that “whole of community” and “whole of organisation” prevention programming provides a sensitive and practical resolution to the prevention paradox.





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