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While men are responsible for the majority of domestic violence, it is important that we recognize the majority of men are not abusive in their relationships.  Non-abusive men may not realize it but they have the potential to make an enormous difference in helping to stop domestic violence and sexual assault.

Many men will come into contact with domestic violence in their daily lives.  This can be through the workplace if they are a magistrate, judge, solicitor, police officer, doctor, nurse, social worker, psychologist, pastor, priest or crisis support worker. Others may come into contact with domestic violence in their personal lives:  it might be their neighbour, a friend, a family member or an acquaintance who is affected by domestic violence.

There are many opportunities for men to support female victims by speaking up about other men’s violence.  Some are listed below:
  1. Be a positive role model to other men. If you know somebody who is abusive toward their partner tell them their behaviour is not okay and they need to get help to stop.
  3. Be a positive role model to children. If you know a child who is without a positive adult male figure you can help to provide consistent support and help the child to make a safety plan.
  5. Speak out against domestic violence.  This can have a powerful effect in helping change attitudes and social norms that support and perpetuate abuse.
  7. Take on a leadership role in your community, e.g. sports club, university, neighbourhood association or church group, and use this opportunity to speak out against violence in the home.
  9. Understand how your own attitudes and actions may perpetuate sexism and violence.
  11. Confront sexist, racist, homophobic and all other prejudiced remarks or jokes.
  13. Don’t buy magazines, movies, music or watch television programs that portray women in a sexually degrading or violent manner.
  15. Organise or join a group to raise awareness of and work against domestic violence. This might be at university, TAFE, your workplace or among friends.
  17. Reach out and show support to someone you know is experiencing domestic violence.  Gently ask her if you can help. Never put the blame on the victim of domestic violence.
  19. Participate in local community events to raise awareness of domestic violence and join the white ribbon campaign.
  21. Click here for further useful information:  http://whatmencando.net

Adapted from:   Jackson Katz (1999) Ten things men can do to prevent gender violence.


The Mentors in Violence Prevention program is a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of violence.  It utilizes a bystander approach to prevention.  The program does not view participants as either perpetrators or victims of violence.  It views all participants as empowered bystanders who can confront, interrupt or prevent violence.  The program seeks to enlist all people in the fight against violence by equipping them with the skills to be effective bystanders.

The training sessions are highly interactive and participants are able to concrete options to employ during a range of school or social situations – ranging from the rather harmless-seeming to actual violence.

The program was created by Jackson Katz in the United States in 1993 and has been a renowned program for over a decade working with hard to reach populations such as university students, professional athletes and the military on the issues of men’s violence against women.

For more information about the program or to make a booking contact Dr Shannon Spriggs   s.spriggs@griffith.edu.au    or phone 07 3735 1104.

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