Although half of domestic violence victims are men, most of us carry a stereotype that only women are victims and that men are abusers. This misconception is now being reinforced by ads throughout Dallas, placed by an organization that, when confronted with the statistics about domestic violence, responded, “I hope you are offended.”
As a dad who’s trying to raise his son to be as nonviolent as possible, which involves making myself as nonviolent as possible, none of which is as easy as it may seem, I’m mostly offended that they took this negative approach to the problem, rather than offering a solution.
Sure, they got more attention–albeit, most of it negative–drawn to the issue of domestic violence, but all that they’re doing is pointing out the problem–well, half of the problem. I’ve always held that problems are worth pennies, solutions worth silver dollars.
Anybody who can speak can voice a problem. Hell, last night, when presented with a cup with a few M&Ms; and some cereal as a reward for sitting on the potty, 3B said, “I think it would be better if these O’s were not in the cup.”
It seems to me that The Family Place, the organization that placed the ads, does offer solutions in their services. I just wish that their actions were reflected in their ads.