Engaging Men in Advocacy Against and Prevention of Domestic Violence by Stacey Bouchet, PhD and Kenneth Braswell of Fathers Incorporated. Published by Fathers Incorporated
Download the brief here and 3/23/15 Webinar slides and panelist bios here. You can view the webinar here.
This brief tackles the complex and deeply emotional issue of domestic violence. “One of the goals of the brief,” says Braswell, “is an attempt to reframe and broaden the conversation of domestic and community violence and male socialization.” Dr. Bouchet adds, “Violence against women is epidemic in our society, and so is the way boys and men are taught to be violent. If we are going to change this, we must look at how men are socialized to deal with their own trauma through silence and/or violence. Men need safe places where they can talk about their experiences and heal, and fatherhood programs are ideal environments for this to happen.” As the brief states, “Fatherhood programs can lead and engage in multiple approaches to violence reduction because they have unique access to men in the larger community, which creates an opportunity to engage, inform, and educate them through primary prevention efforts before patterns of violence and control are established. These efforts can decrease community violence as well.”