Most men are loving protectors, proud fathers, involved brothers, uncles grandfathers…men who truly care about women and children.
However, only a relatively small number of men are ready to speak out publicly against violence against women, 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.
Good men should not permit perpetrators of domestic violence to define them. Expanding the number of men who are motivated to take on a more action-oriented role is one of the keys to ending gender-based violence.
Men can act as mentors to young boys… teaching them how to structure good relationships with women… teaching them how structure good relationships with women.
Men can familiarize themselves about domestic violence and begin to talk about the problem with male friends and acquaintances.
Men can be a part of public programs against abuse, like the annual YWCA Greenwich Father’s Day Campaign Against Domestic Violence, which asks men to put their name in a Greenwich Time full page ad that will run each Father’s Day. And men can contact Meredith Gold, Domestic Abuse Services Prevention and Education Coordinator at 203-869-6501, ext.176 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask “What can I do to help?”