NFL Running Back Ray Rice isn’t alone. According to the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 1 in 5 men admit to pushing, slapping, hitting, choking or committing some other form of physical violence against an intimate partner.
Domestic violence has long been thought of as a “women’s issue.” As a result, a large portion of domestic violence resources, research, and public awareness efforts have been focused on the victims of domestic violence and how to intervene after violence has occurred.
In the wake of recent events surrounding the off-field behavior of certain NFL players, the focus of domestic violence is turning to men and how they can prevent domestic violence from ever happening.
It’s safe to say that most men are opposed to violence against women. However, most men do not possess the information or tools necessary to demonstrate or express their disapproval of violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a result, Safe Passage, Inc. is highlighting a few programs the domestic violence prevention and intervention agency is working hard to implement throughout Safe Passage’s five county service area in Southeastern Indiana.
These programs are aimed at equipping men and boys with the tools necessary to not only hold themselves accountable, but also the actions of other men and boys.
The first program is an initiative called the “100 Men Campaign”. The “100 Men Campaign” was founded on the belief that men have a crucial role to play in ending destructive behaviors that too often lead to violence against women and girls.
The Mission of the Campaign is to increase awareness of this issue among men and women of all ages, and to proactively advocate for violence prevention.
Men who have joined the Campaign are committed to achieving the objective of promoting healthy, respectful relationships and ultimately ending violence against women and girls across the five Southeastern Indiana counties supported by Safe Passage.
All men are invited to join the “100 Men Campaign” to take a stand against violence. Men who join the campaign receive a t-shirt, a quarterly newsletter which highlights ways to be accountable as a man, volunteer opportunities and invitations to various events throughout the community.
Men interested in joining the 100 Men Campaign can contact Allen Beneker at firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
The second program Safe Passage is implementing is aimed at equipping boys in our communities with a strong foundation of building healthy relationships.
The program is called “Coaching Boys Into Men,” and was developed by Futures Without Violence, a national anti-violence organization.
Many youth coaches become lifelong mentors of young athletes and will have tremendous influence on the character of these athletes. “Coaching Boys Into Men” provides athletic coaches with a comprehensive curriculum along with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among their players and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.
The main component of the curriculum is a card series that instructs coaches on how to incorporate teamwork, integrity, fair play, and respect into daily practice and routine.
Safe Passage, along with Futures Without Violence are providing all the materials and resources to area coaches free of charge.
Safe Passage will be conducting “Coaching Boys Into Men” coaches clinics and offering support for coaches throughout the athletic seasons.
For more information about this program check out http://www.coachescorner.org/ or contact Allen, email@example.com, at Safe Passage to set up a coaches clinic.
Safe Passage is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization, dedicated to helping individuals and families live strong, safe lives that are free of violence.
Since 1997 Safe Passage, Inc. has provided domestic violence victim services throughout Southeastern Indiana.
Support is available through the 24 toll-free Help Line (1-877-733-1990), residential shelter and outreach services.
Safe Passage services Indiana residents of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland Counties; however assistance is offered to anyone who contacts the Helpline. All services are free and confidential.
The Mission of Safe Passage is to provide:
*Intervention services to victims of domestic violence that facilitate healing, independence, and empowerment.
*Domestic Violence prevention and education programs that promote a safe, nurturing environment.
Allen Beneker is Community Outreach Director Safe Passage, Inc.