Masculinity and intimate partner violence

Presenter: Vince Pietropaolo, MA
Date: Wed., June 22, 2016


In this webinar we explore how ideas of masculinity or manhood may act can act as a contributing factor in the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) in refugee couples. The discussion aims to delineate ways in which the expression of masculine norms, traits or behaviours can impact intimate relationships and how factors in the refugee resettlement experience (e.g., cultural beliefs/expectations, pre-migration experiences or resettlement stressors) may also affect IPV.

Learning objectives
By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • identify how the expression of masculinity or manhood in certain ways may be detrimental to women partners/spouses
  • describe how ideas of masculinity may contribute to acts of IPV
  • list examples of how other factors may interact with masculinity to contribute to intimate partner violence (IPV)

Presenter Biography
Vince Pietropaolo is the General Manager of COSTI Family and Mental Health Services. In his current position he works with ethno cultural communities in program design, development and implementation in the areas of mental health, domestic violence and problem gambling. Vince currently sits on the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee, the CAMH Problem Gambling Advisory Committee and the Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture and the North York Specialized Courts Advisory Committee.

Vince has presented on the issue of Domestic Violence, Men's Violence and Problem Gambling at conferences in the United States and Canada. He has guest lectured at York University and Ryerson University.