Norms are standards, attitudes, and beliefs – based in culture and tradition – that guide or control our behavior. They are so imbedded in our daily lives that we often aren’t conscious of the role they play in directing our lives and shaping the way we act and how we see the world. Norms are much more than just habits, yet they can be shifted.
Prevention Connection and the Prevention Institute and have identified the social norms that through their research they’ve determined play a pivotal role in upholding violence against women:
► Limited roles for women
► Narrow definitions of manhood
► Acceptance of violence
► Power over
► Privacy and silence
► Sexualization of children