What makes a man a man?
Bryan Seymour
1 October 2013


The fastest growing form of assault is not street crime, bar brawls or gang violence, but domestic violence, with many not even reported.

Authorities estimate that as much as 60 per cent of violence against women is never reported.

Women in Australia are more likely to be killed in their home by their partner than anywhere, or by anyone else.

What Makes a Man a Man is an interactive, six-week program featuring interview with well-known men.

The concept developed by psychologist Agi O'Hara aims at helping all males engage with a male role model who might be missing in their lives.

Ms O'Hara says the program is something Australians have needed for a long time.

"Women do a fantastic job in trying to be single parents, but young boys, teenage boys and young men need a male around," Ms O'Hara said.

World famous actor John Bell and rock legend Angry Anderson both support the program.

Anderson says it remains hard for young men to break the cycle of violence without a positive male role model.

"My biological father was a physically and emotionally violent man. He just had no idea how to relate to anybody in a loving way. He had not been taught to love," Anderson said.

"I have an ability to go off at the drop of a hat, but I don't because I choose not to live my life like that.

"Where there's fear there's no love."

Mr Bell says men can compliment competitive sports with the arts to learn new ways of treating themselves and others.

"A weak man is someone who picks on people who are helpless - more helpless than themselves. A weak man is one who torments or gives people a bad time," Mr Bell said.

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