Violence Prevention Project Boys & Men


The Family Violence Prevention Project empowers men to speak out against violence against women and girls. Too often boys and men are talked at about family violence, and typically it's in terms of perpetration. It's time to change the discussion and it's time to have men lead the discussion about preventing family violence. And, men, it's time to talk to the boys in your life.

The boys in your life need your time and energy: your son, grandson, nephew, younger brother; the boys you teach, coach and mentor. All of them need you to help them grow into healthy young men.

Boys are swamped with influences outside of the home, from friends, the neighborhood, television, the Internet, music, movies and video games.

They hear all kinds of messages about what it means to "be a man" – that they have to be tough and in control. There are numerous conflicting and harmful messages being given to boys about what constitutes "being a man" in a relationship.

  • Boys need your advice on how to behave toward girls. 
  • Boys are watching how you and other men relate to women to figure out their own stance toward girls. 
  • So teach boys early, and teach them often, that there is no place for violence in a relationship.

What Can Men Do?

Men increasingly are changing their own behavior and personal attitudes, and accomplishing this is essential to eliminating violence in their lives. However, fewer men are ready to speak out publicly against violence and sexism, to take action as a bystander witnessing violence or abuse, to serve as a role model and mentor for other men and boys, or to work as an ally with others to help end gender-based violence. Expanding the number of men and boys who take on these action-oriented roles is one of the keys to ending gender-based violence. And identifying the roles young and adult men can play is an important step in deciding how best to work with them.



Want to make a change locally but you just aren't sure where or how to begin?

Click here to e-mail the Family Violence Prevention Project director to discuss action steps you as an individual, family, community, organization or policymaker can take to prevent family violence.



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