In the fight against domestic violence, we certainly need more shelters and more services for the victims of domestic violence. But more, we need to change social norms and prevent that violence from occurring in the first place. This is where Men Stopping Violence is helping to lead the charge, not only locally, but for the nation as a whole. Their work provides both direction and hope for all of our efforts.
– Mark Rosenberg, former director of the National Center for Injury Prevention at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It has been 30 years since Men Stopping Violence began engaging men in the work of building safer communities for women and girls. In those 30 years, along with many other accomplishments, we have:
- Educated over 60,000 men about how to change abusive behavior.
- Fulfilled several contracts with the Office on Violence Against Women, presenting their first national trainings on men and women working together, designing and implementing their only national internship program for young men, and building the capacity of communities throughout the US to engage men in ending violence against women.
- Provided training to over 1,000,000 people in churches, community groups, corporations, universities, hospitals, civic organizations, and national associations of district attorneys, social workers, and battered women’s advocates. 85% of participants report an increased knowledge of appropriate responses to someone they know who is abusing his partner and an increased willingness to intervene.
- Successfully completed a 5 year evaluation project with the CDC to determine the impact of creating a coordinated community response to violence against women.
- Produced Because We Have Daughters®, a program of fun activities that teaches men how to create safety for their daughters and other girls.
- Partnered with successful businessman, George McKerrow, to conduct and grow the True Allies Breakfast series, which he describes as “a safe, friendly environment in which a small group of individuals can talk about the issue of domestic violence and how we, as male leaders, could do our part” to build safer communities for women and girls.
- Created Men At Work: Building Safe Communities, the only curriculum in our field that bridges the gap between intervention and prevention.