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What Do PACEs Have to Do With DV? Everything. [domesticshelters.org]

 

By DomesticShelters.org, April 2021

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Integrate the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs) in everything. This webinar will address how the science of PACEs is being integrated into the family court system, domestic violence shelters, batterer intervention courses and community PACEs initiatives.

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I sometimes seriously consider whether general male violence is related to the same constraining social idealization (including that by the media) of the β€˜real man’ (albeit perhaps more subtly than in the past)?: He is stiff-upper-lip physically and emotionally strong, financially successful, confidently fights and wins, assertively solves problems, and exemplifies sexual prowess. Perhaps we need to be careful what we wish for.

After all, I recall that, shortly after Donald Trump was sworn-in as president, a 2016 survey of American womenβ€”conducted not long after his abundant misogyny was exposed to the worldβ€”revealed that a majority of respondents nonetheless found attractive his alpha-male great financial success and confidence.

Maybe they're the same β€˜real man’ societal constraints that may help explain why the book Childhood Disrupted was only able to include one man among its six interviewed adult subjects, there being such a small pool of ACE-traumatized men willing to formally tell his own story of childhood abuse.

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