Theme Three: Outreach and Inclusion of Men
-- Focus prevention efforts on men by bringing them into the work as role
models and messengers to influence other men. Consider men and boys as
an audience for awareness, information and services.
-- Engage men by changing the language, and rather than
compartmentalizing, create an understanding that all men have a role in
preventing and ending domestic violence.
"We need to shape and deliver messages to all males by redefining gender roles and establishing new, positive culturally-sensitive male role models," said Maury Lane, NDVH advisory board member and Summit panelist. "Simply put, positive male role models, who ignore the problem of domestic violence, ensure the continuation of a vicious cycle that has hurt so many women over so many years."
Theme Four: Outreach to Youth
-- Target primary prevention efforts at youth to affect developing values
and opinions about domestic violence.
-- Create a national youth advisory board to accommodate the rapidly
changing youth culture.
"Despite girls' empowerment programs and evolving gender roles, these efforts have not translated into healthy relationship expectations and behaviors," said Summit panelist and sponsor, Lupita Reyes, national program director Domestic Violence & Healthcare, Verizon Foundation. "Affecting a shift in attitudes among today's youth can help break generations of unhealthy patterns and stop violence before it begins."
While domestic violence is perpetrated against men, the Decade for
Change Report is framed to address the larger problem of men's violence
against women in intimate relationships and how it impacts families,
communities and the coun
|SOURCE National Domestic Violence Hotline|
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