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Critical and ethical positions about the violence against women

In this text, we performed a theoretical exercise by focusing our analysis on the men who commit violence against women. In order to understand how people situate themselves and are situated within empowerment practices and truth games, we think that is absolutely essential to comprehend the narrative and the non-narrative resources that install, create and maintain any given practice, such as the violence against women. The goal of the study is to discuss the attention paid to the men who commit violence considering the government policies with special emphasis to the "Maria da Penha" Law. We concluded that there are two directions of analyses and interventions that are interconnected, such as: on one hand, there are forums and demonstrations that involve men and women spreading criticisms to the hegemonic sexist model through artistic, media, publicity, conferences, research work and so on. On the other hand, there are a series of practices taking place to support the work of the "social agent", who already work with the situations of violence committed against women, in order to change their perspective of intervention so that more attention can be given to the men as well.

Violence; gender; Maria da Penha Law; discursive practices

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil