SPANKING - Questions and answers about disciplinary violence
Olivier Maurel


Olivier Maurel is a retired French teacher who has written several books on the subject of violence and non-violence. He is also president of the Observatory of Ordinary Disciplinary Violence (OVEO), which he founded in 2005. He is the father of five children and has eight grandchildren. He currently lives in Le Pradet, France.

Other works by the same author:

  • Oui, la nature humaine est bonne!
    Robert Laffont, 2009

  • Œdipe et Laïos : Dialogue sur l'origine de la violence (with psychoanalist Michel Pouquet)
    L'Harmattan, 2003

  • Essais sur le mimétisme. Sept oeuvres littéraires revisitées à la lumière de la théorie de René Girard
    L'Harmattan, 2002

  • La Non-Violence active : 100 questions-réponses pour résister et agir
    La Plage, 2001

  • Allemagne 1631. Un confesseur de sorcières parle
    (translation of Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld's Cautio Criminalis)
    L'Harmattan, 2000

  • Les Trafics d'armes de la France
    Maspero, 1977

  • Armée ou défense civile non-violente
    (collective work)
    La Gueule ouverte, 1975

  • La France trafiquant d'armes
    Maspero, 1973

Proceed/return to:


1 – A Brief History of Disciplinary Violence
2 – The Nature of Disciplinary Violence and Opinions on the Matter
3 – Why we must stop using corporal punishment
4 – How can we raise children without hitting?
5 – Why is it necessary to ban disciplinary violence?
6 – What to do?
7 – Question for the author
8 – Questions for the reader

World geography of disciplinary violence by continent and country

I – Introduction for the EMIDA Family Education Program
II – Why the Church must denounce ordinary disciplinary violence
III – Resistance every advocate of a spanking ban can expect to face
IV – Declaration against "disciplinary" violence