The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has chosen Men Stopping Violence (MSV) to organize and manage the first national initiative to engage men and youth in the work of addressing violence against women. The goal of the program is to increase the number of males involved in primary prevention programs that drive awareness and education about violence against women and girls.
This two-year initiative, “Engaging Men and Youth,” is part of the 2005 Violence Against Women Act and will be administered by the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). MSV, in partnership with the Family Violence Prevention Fund, will advise OVW about effective methods and programs for organizing men and youth to create safer communities for women and girls.
“With nearly three decades of experience in this arena, MSV is the right organization to assist communities seeking to prevent the abuse of women and children,” said Shelley Serdahely, executive director of MSV. “We have trained thousands of individuals and groups, nationally and internationally, and we have developed solid, innovative programs, such as Because We Have Daughters®, the Community Restoration Program and the Mentor Training Program, that give men community-based tools for creating a safer environment for women and girls. Now, we have the opportunity to continue expanding that reach.”