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Gender violence: paradoxes on support to perpetrators

This work aims to analyze, from a psychosocial perspective, positions and arguments built by professionals working in the network to deal with violence against women, about the possibilities and modalities of attention to the men reported. Interviews were conducted with 55 professionals working in services directly related to the complaint and monitoring cases of violence in the metropolitan area of Recife. The analysis methodology was qualitative, based on the analysis of categorical content. The results show an order of positions organized in three axes (punishment, prevention and support measures) that refer to a polysemy of meanings on violence and a complex set of arguments. The study highlights the need to broaden studies focused on men involved in violence episodes against women as well as investments in processes of gender awareness and symbolic reinterpretation of the professionals themselves.

Masculinity; gender; marital conflict

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