The rigid gender roles in some communities can contribute to violence in the home
The victims of violence in the family are the powerless ones. The perpetrators, whether consciously or not, are exercising power and control over their victims; the people they claim to love. The violence is a behavioural strategy which is not provoked.
This is the realization that has been reached in the United States, where the idea of running programmes to intervene with perpetrators began in the late 1970s. Making perpetrators aware of the control they are exerting, and the toll that it takes on their relationships with their partners and children, is the key to changing their behaviour.