A Deafening Silence: Hidden Violence Against Women and by Patrizia Romito

By Patrizia Romito

This publication is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real boost within the knowledge of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to girls persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to show it. Patrizia Romito's amazing booklet analyses male violence opposed to girls and youngsters, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to ladies and violence opposed to kids, and uncovers the options and strategies used to hide it, together with denial, legitimization, euphemisation, blaming the sufferer and compartmentalisation.Written in a transparent and direct sort, the writer deals either a synthesis of contemporary foreign info and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it really is an important software for someone - specialist, researcher or activist - eager to comprehend male violence opposed to girls and youngsters and to oppose it.

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This observation may prevent concentration on one circumstantial aspect specific to one country – a certain law, a certain practice – in order to keep a more general view of the problem instead. 7 It is thanks to the conclusions of these analyses that it is becoming possible to learn what works and what does not work: family mediation, joint custody, protection orders and programmes for violent men have existed for years in many countries and in some cases have been subject to careful assessment.

Phillips and Henderson (1999) analysed a sample of articles on the subject of male violence appearing in popular and scientific journals between 1994 and 1996. Out of a total of 165 summaries and 11 articles, the expression male violence appeared only eight times, whereas code words, such as rape, abuse, violence and domestic violence were much more numerous, being used 1,044 times. The gender of the victim (female, woman) and the relevant code words (wife, victim) were also used much more often (1,179 times) than the terms ‘man’, ‘male’ and corresponding codes (abuser, perpetrator; 327 times).

Self-knowledge, practised in small groups, caused many women to discover that the violence they had suffered and each had lived through in secret and shame, convinced they were alone, was instead tragically common. Self-help groups, starting from the need to find answers to the health problems and suffering of many women, were able to develop radical criticism of medicine, psychology and traditional methods of care, producing original knowledge on the subject. It is in this context that the first centres offering support to women in rape cases and refuges for victims of domestic violence sprang up (The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, 1971; Schechter, 1982).

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