“In very real and practical ways, the agency demonstrated its commitment to creating accountability, whether it be in the lives of the men who attend the classes, in the lives of the men who facilitate the class, or within the community it serves. I feel truly blessed for the opportunity to have attended this training.”

This is a quote from a student who attended the Men At Work training. For three days, fifteen managers and clinicians representing various domestic violence agencies from California, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas were captivated and energized by the award winning and nationally renowned staffers of Men Stopping Violence, Ulester Douglas, Lee Giordano, Sulaiman Nuriddin and Bernard Ellis. The 3 day training called Men at Work (MAW): Building Safe Communities is a bold, candid, insightful exploration of male violence against women. It provides students with the knowledge and tools to implement the MAW curriculum.
Men At Work: Building Safe Communities explores male violence against women, challenges men to take responsibility for their actions, and provides the educational experience necessary to become allies in ending violence against women. As one student put it, the training provided a “hands on explanation and ability to work through and process the lessons. Being able to observe facilitators, groups and see applicability” of the methodology was invaluable.

The curriculum consists of three units that cover “defining the problem, the impact of male violence against women and manhood revisited”. The class challenges participants to learn facilitation alternatives for working with men, particularly in batterer intervention programs. The cornerstone of the curriculum is the Community Accountability model. All aspects of a man’s life are reinforced by the community and social structure in which he resides. As one of the training participants described it, “Other batterer intervention programs see the victim as the client and Men Stopping Violence sees the community as the client.”

MAW training builds on the belief that men influence other men. Therefore, observations of live group sessions were a key part of the training. One of the students indicated that they “had never witnessed such a powerful display and exchange among men in such a short period of time”.

The Men at Work training is delivered twice a year in Atlanta. For locations with 8 or more students, MSV brings the class to the trainees’ location. Anyone interested in attending the MAW training should contact Lee Giordano at Men Stopping Violence.