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Working with Men to End Violence Against Women - A Qualitative Exploration

Domestic violence has become a silent epidemic and is important to address the issue with holistic prevention and intervention strategies that include everyone in the community. Traditionally men have been excluded from these strategies by the field of domestic violence. Currently the most widely methods used that involve men are court ordered anger management classes. We know for a fact that those interventions do not work and only put a band-aid on the real issue.

As the movement to end violence against women has progressed, most activists have come to believe that the involvement of men as allies of women must be a key part of the solution. Likewise, many victims, especially in underserved populations, have historically seen the need to work with abusive men as an important strategy to create healthy communities. The rationale for working with both abusive men and non-abusive men has been articulated in various publications. It often includes the fact that men are the primary perpetrators of family violence; men are still very influential in society; men hold positions of power and influence; and most men are not abusive in their families. Sometimes, it is also mentioned that many women (survivors and not survivors) want men to change and be more involved in the movement, but it is seldom a leading argument. This study, we believe the first of its kind, will invite the voices of Latina women and Latino men, to assist in creating a framework from which to develop a new toolkit for working with Latino men who have used violence against their families. Results of this study will provide a much needed addition to the field of domestic and sexual violence in Latin@ populations.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Casa de Esperanza
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988