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National Domestic Violence Hotline Unveils 10-Year Blueprint to Significantly Reduce Domestic Violence in America
Date:10/3/2007

e can increase the individual capacity of family, friends, bystanders and neighbors to understand domestic violence and know how to respond and/or engage appropriate community and corporate resources."

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
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