|| Men can play a crucial role in helping to stop domestic violence.
Men are already an integral part of the community that supports and
interacts with families dealing with violence. They are the majority
of the judges, police officers, and doctors who work with families in
crisis. Some men are the neighbors, friends, and family members who
support victims by reaching out and lending a hand.
And yet, it is sometimes hard for men to join in the fight against
family violence. They may believe it is a women's issue, and that
they are not supposed to get involved. But family violence is
everyone's concern, and there are many opportunities for involving
men in making communities safer.
Men are critical to violence prevention efforts because men are more
likely to listen to other men when it comes to the perpetration of
domestic violence, and because fathers have enormous influence over
the development of their children.
Here are just a few ways men can make a difference:
- Be role models to other men. Young men are uniquely positioned to
reach out to other young men who are violent at home, to let them
know, "You need help, and I want to help you. Your behavior is not
- Take a vocal stand against domestic violence. Men speaking out can
have a powerful effect in helping change social norms that support
and perpetuate abuse.
- Reach out to a family where domestic violence is present. Just
offering to listen and acknowledging what is going on helps chip away
at the walls that surround and isolate families living with abuse.
- Act as a role model to a child who lacks a positive male figure in
his life. A male mentor and friend can provide consistent support,
and even help the child make a safety plan.
- Take a leadership role in civic organizations, such as sports clubs,
churches, and neighborhood associations, and speak out against
violence in the home.
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