What Men Can Do About Domestic Violence
Men play an important role in efforts to stop violence against women. All men have the opportunity to serve as role models for other men and boys in regards to the treatment of women and girls. Boys need to be taught at a young age that violence against women is wrong and will not be tolerated. Men are in a unique position to communicate this message in a strong, compassionate, and meaningful way. Working in partnership, men and women together can make enormous strides toward changing attitudes and perceptions around domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Although abusers can be female and victims can be male, statistics show that the opposite is more often true. Societal attitudes reinforce male privilege and, in general, enable abusers (of any gender) and hinder victims.
Increasing numbers of men are combining their voices and resources to take a stand against violence against women. We live in a world where 1 in 5 female college students are sexually assaulted, 1 in 3 women are the victims of DV, and more than half of middle and high-school girls experience sexual harassment in school. The vast majority of this violence is perpetrated by men – men who work with, socialize with, play sports with, attend a faith community, etc., with non-abusive men. In many other aspects of their lives, abusive men are not violent at all. Individual men and men’s organizations are beginning to ask: Why do we as men stand for this violence towards women and girls?
Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC) is interested in working with men in our community to address society’s attitudes that tacitly condone violence against women and girls. For more information locally, contact SWiC at 570.622.3991.
To see what men are doing around the nation, check out the following initiatives
“A CALL TO MEN” is a national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys, and communities. Co-founders Ted Bunch and Tony Porter believe that preventing domestic and sexual violence is primarily the responsibility of men.
A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many other social ills.
A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls.
— A CALL TO MEN
The #HearMeOut Challenge is part of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (PCADV) Engaging Men Campaign, their annual initiative to include boys and men in prevention causes.
Championed by PCADV, the Engaging Men campaign is designed to provide a much-needed male presence within the movement to end gender-based violence.
Knowing that our society perpetuates tones of toxic masculinity and what it means to “be a man,” we acknowledge that many men may feel uncomfortable discussing domestic violence and standing up against harmful behaviors. PCADV wants to enlist men as allies and to celebrate those who are working in their communities to destigmatize conversations around masculinity and healthy relationships, and who have joined us in our mission to end domestic violence.
Move to End Violence, a 10-year program of the NoVo Foundation, which is designed to strengthen our collective capacity to end violence against women and girls in the United States.
The work of transforming society belongs to everyone who shares a commitment to ending violence against all women, including you. We invite you to join us in this growing community of individuals and organizations who are aligning around a shared vision and engaging across sectors to find bold solutions to ending violence.
By working together, we can build a cross-cutting social justice movement that values girls and women and achieves justice and dignity for all. Together, we will create a world where all girls and women are safe and respected and everyone can reach their full potential.
— NoVo Foundation
The world is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now.
HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world.
For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.
Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, we’ve established a state-of-the-art Center for Leadership and Action in the Presidio of San Francisco to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse.
Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.
Our vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope.
— Futures Without Violence
Domestic violence prevention efforts from around the world!
Mission & Values
Our mission is to create stable communities where violence is not perceived as either acceptable or necessary. We will be a leader and catalyst in eradicating violence on our streets working with West Australia’s youth and to shape a bright, positive future for them individually and the community at large.
We will achieve this by delivering educational based programs, events and advocacy grounded by research and fact based content throughout Western Australia. We will partner with the local community to ensure a safe, friendly and successful program is delivered.
— The IF Foundation