Because We Have Daughters Training – January 2016

January 29th – 30th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia

Men Stopping Violence has developed a comprehensive training on how to facilitate and administer the BWHD program.  This training is being offered to a wide range of agencies and organizations including faith communities and social service agencies.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Utilize the skills necessary to facilitate a BWHD program
  • Identify and address key issues in conducting the BWHD program
  • Summarize the seven core values of BWHD
  • Describe and implement the structure and process of a BWHD session
  • Create BWHD activities to be used in their local BWHD program

The training costs $250 and you will receive:

  • A detailed facilitation guide
  • A model BWHD session
  • An instructional DVD
  • A template to help design your own BWHD session

About Because We Have Daughters

Because We Have Daughters helps men: deepen their relationships with their daughters; connect with other dads around parenting issues; learn more about the obstacles girls and women face in our society; and acquire tools to challenge social and cultural norms that create unsafe situations and spaces for women and girls. This is all done through fun and engaging activities. BWHD is particularly designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 15 and their fathers.

Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Men Stopping Violence will be participating in the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s 5thannual community symposium entitled Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence. 

This half-day symposium and resource fair will be held on WednesdayOctober 21, 2015, from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM at the Manuel Maloof Auditorium located at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia.

Facilitation Tools for Addressing Sexual Violence as a Tactic of Control

September 29, 2015

Lee Giordano will be presenting a workshop entitled Facilitation Tools for Addressing Sexual Violence as a Tactic of Control at the 2015 Georgia Commission on Family Violence BIP Conference.

Sexual violence accompanies physical and psychological violence as tactics used by men referred to Family Violence Intervention Programs, but is often de-emphasized in comparison. A de-emphasis on sexual violence may be a result of facilitator discomfort discussing the issue or a lack of understanding about how sexual violence relates to other abusive tactics. In this workshop, Men Stopping Violence will share its definition of male sexual violence, explore tactics on the spectrum of sexual violence, and provide tools to help facilitate open, accountable discussions on sexual violence in Family Violence Intervention Programs.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
1. Identify tactics of sexual violence used in intimate partner relationships.
2. Explore reproductive coercion as a tactic of psychological and sexual violence.
3. Implement facilitation strategies that lead to open discussion and accountability regarding tactics of sexual violence.

Speakers Bureau Orientation

September 22, 2015

Men Stopping Violence is excited to announce the creation of its Speakers Bureau. The goal of the Speakers Bureau is to develop a network of trainers who will share MSV’s approach and analysis with our community. Participation will build public speaking skills, workshop development skills, and knowledge about violence against women. Membership in the MSV Speakers Bureau will provide opportunities to educate metro Atlanta communities about MSV’s services and violence against women. Participants will also be provided pathways to facilitate Because We Have DaughtersTactics and Choices, Men at Work: Building Safe Communities, and the Men’s Awareness Program Presentation. All genders welcome.

For more information or to RSVP for the Orientation contact:
Lee Giordano

Men Stopping Violence Speakers Bureau Orientation
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
6:30 – 8:00pm
@ MSV Office
2785 Lawrenceville Hwy. Suite 112
Decatur, GA 30033

Principles and Practices of an Intersectional Approach to Engaging Men in Preventing Male Violence Against Women

April 23, 2015 Ulester Douglas will present a workshop at the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance annual conference.

Workshop Description:
The issue of men’s role and responsibility in the women-lead movement to end violence against women remains thorny. One of the many tensions is the reality that men are both the primary perpetrators of violence against women as well as potential allies to women–This tension is especially evident when organizing to engage men in our prevention efforts. Inherent in these strains are issues of social locations such as race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability and other status. The goal of this workshop is to offer organizing principles and strategies for engaging men that are informed by these reinforcing identities.

Policy and Practice Implications of Using an Intersectional Framework to Engage Men in Preventing Male Violence Against Women.

April 22, 2015 Ulester Douglas will present a TED style talk on Policy and Practice Implications of Using an Intersectional Framework to Engage Men in Preventing Male Violence Against Women.

Intersectionality as a theoretical and organizing framework has been around long before Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term in her ground breaking work of the late eighties and early nineties. It has been embraced as a major organizing tool by many progressive movements while critiqued by others as “methodologically murky.” Intersectionality is defined as the ways race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, status and other markers of difference intersect to inform individual realities and lived experiences. The goal of this presentation is to highlight some of the policy and practice implications of using this framework to engage men in preventing male violence against women.

Tools for Transformation – TCFV’s 12th annual BIPP Conference

April 17th – April 18th, 2015
Men Stopping Violence will be well represented at this year’s Tools For Transformation conference hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence. Lee Giordano will be presenting two workshops and Dick Bathrick will be a keynote speaker and present a workshop as well. Click here for details.

Intersectionality: An Essential Framework for Addressing Male Intimate Partner Violence Against Women

April 15, 2015 Ulester Douglas will present Intersectionality: An Essential Framework for Addressing Male Intimate Partner Violence Against Women at the Advancing the Narrative: Inspiring the Future Conference. Click here for conference details and see below for a description of the workshop.

Workshop Description:
One of the critiques of programs for men who batter women is that most of them lack analysis and practices that are responsive to marginalized men and their communities. Specifically, these programs are said to be structured to align with the needs of White middle class men and the criminal justice system. The goal of this session is to discuss why programs for men who abuse women must function at the intersection of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc. if their goal is safety for women and their children.

1. Discuss the core tenets of Interesctionality.
2. Examine the resistance to an Intersectionality Framework in addressing male intimate partner violence against women.
3. Discuss the implications of employing an Intersectional approach to preventing male intimate partner violence against women.

Working with Men across Difference: Tools for Addressing Bias and Inequality in Family Violence Intervention Programs

February 20, 2015

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence will be hosting Men Stopping Violence to conduct a full day of training entitled Working with Men across Difference: Tools for Addressing Bias and Inequality in Family Violence Intervention Programs. The description of the training is below.

In any given batterer intervention class, differences across race, class, sexual orientation, religion, and age create meaningful group dynamics that impact participant experience. Appropriately addressing these dynamics can build group cohesion and deepen the overall experience. Avoidance of these group dynamics may instead undermine the objectives of your program. In this one day training, Men Stopping Violence will introduce a framework for understanding inequality’s impact on Family Violence Intervention Programs and introduce program elements and facilitation skills necessary to properly address these harmful group dynamics rooted in inequality.

This training has been approved by the GCFV for 6 FVIP CE hours.

For the Love of Stories: Powerful Love stories from StoryCorps Atlanta

February 10, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by listening to stories of love building the resilience and strength needed to survive and thrive. Show a little love and hear immigrant, LGBTQ, and African-American StoryCorps stories as well as the Los Niños Children’s Chorus and other program pieces.

A conversation between Sulaiman Nuriddin and Ulester Douglas will be featured and Ulester will speak to the audience about his experience recording the conversation with Sulaiman.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
6 PM wine & cheese reception
7 PM listening program

McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
RSVP at 404.814.4190 or