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Advocate Says Men Essential to Stopping Violence

By Lisa Litzinger

Buffalo, NY – A top advocate for the prevention of domestic violence says that men need to join the effort in stopping domestic violence against women.

Charlotte Watson, head of the state's Domestic Violence Office, spoke at a luncheon and panel discussion at the YWCA of Western New York Wednesday. This event was part of the organization's Week Without Violence campaign.

Watson said that changing attitudes is necessary to prevent domestic violence.

"Primarily this is a crime committed by men against women," Watson said. "To change this, we need men to say to other men, you can't talk about her that way, you can't treat her that way, and have men join us in this effort in changing the way we view each other so everyone in the family is treated equally and with respect."

Watson also said that much has been done in recent years to help victims of domestic violence. She said there have been changes in laws, including mandatory arrest in domestic violence cases. She also says there is a heightened awareness of the problem.