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Abusive behaviour tends to be politically directed and affectively driven. Not surprisingly, it is often resistant to rational intervention and moral counselling. Engagement with men’s affective reactions is vital in preventing abuse.

Intervention workers can struggle to establish an affective attunement with men whilst maintaining the vital priority for accountability to the experience of women and children. Enabling an ethical journey that is informed by political realisations about the nature and effects of violence requires that we also embark upon a parallel ethical journey that strives for fairness and accountability and avoids the reproduction of violence and coercive control.

This workshop will highlight a model for ethical intervention that is politically sensitive and affectively attuned; a model for working responsively with men’s affects in ways that might subvert long-standing patterns of reactive behaviour and enable the discovery and realisation of respectful preferences.