Exploring readiness for change: knowledge and attitudes towards family violence among community members and service providers engaged in primary prevention in regional Australia

Monica Puccetti, Heath Greville, Margie Robinson, Daphne White, Lenny Papertalk, Sandra Thompson

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Abstract

Community efforts at primary prevention of Family Violence (FV) involve changing values, structures and norms that support gender inequality. This study examines the attitudes of a group of highly engaged community leaders and service providers involved in FV primary prevention in Geraldton, a small city in regional Western Australia. Outcomes of focus group discussions were mapped against a readiness for change model. Despite considerable involvement in discussions of FV prevention over time, the readiness level of these engaged community members for taking leadership roles in the prevention strategy were between pre-planning and preparation stages, although some individuals understanding of the drivers of FV and readiness for implementing change was higher. Key areas for further education are the role of gender inequality as the primary driver of FV, particularly rigid gender roles and men’s control of decision making; and the role of alcohol and drugs as reinforcers but not primary drivers of FV.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4215
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

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