Men Against Domestic Violence is a group working to free our community from domestic violence. We believe equality and mutual respect are the basis of healthy relationships. We are committed to educating and inspiring all men to personally and publicly take a stand for equality in their relationships.
We do this by creating awareness of the issues, challenging stereotypes of manhood, and showing positive examples of what it means to be a man. Our focus is on preventing intimate partner violence — for the benefit of men, women, and the children who love them.
As part of MADV you can help others to:
- Recognize the signs, symptoms and seriousness of abusive relationships
- Understand the difference between healthy and abusive relationships
- Develop the skills to maintain healthy relationships
- Change the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to social acceptance of men's violence.
Working to change the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors
that create a culture of male violence
VIOLENCE IS LEARNED BEHAVIOR
Men are trained as young boys to accept violence as part of manhood. This pressure prevails into adulthood, but real men see through this conditioning and are aware enough to tell other men that bullying is a sign of weakness, that abuse is a sign of a dysfunctional relationship, and that physical violence is a crime, not to mention a tragedy. It takes a real man to do this…but that's what MADV is all about ... real men.
We identify alternatives to help survivors and abusers stop the cycle of violence by referring them to people and places that can help. A good starting point is the Domestic Violence Solutions hotline, which offers resources for men and women.