WHAT CAN MEN DO?
JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
A journey shared is a journey halved. Women need their brothers to help in the fight against criminal domestic violence. Remaining silent is just as bad as lending a hand to those men that choose to abuse women. Here are some tips from one of our male volunteers on how you can help;
- Listen to women - do YOU know how many women in your life have experienced some type of violence? Ask them about their experiences or the experiences of their friends. You may be surprised about what you learn.
- Challenge other men - sometimes, without even realizing, men make jokes about violence against women. This atmosphere in our society lends to this type of violence being seen as the norm. Violence against women is not the norm and not something men or women should accept. Saying nothing condones the behavior.
- Speak proudly about the women in your life. Brag about your partner, daughter, sister, mother, or friend. The more other men hear men promote positive things about women, the less likely they will be to accept violence as the norm.
- Raise money! Still in our community, men have more access to money than women have. Help to raise money to support the battered women shelter and it's many programs.
- VOLUNTEER. In spite of what you may think, the women who come to the Battered Women's Shelter for service, like to see a good man. The children need healthy role models. We will give you the training you need. Currently, about 10% of our volunteers are men and we would love to see this increase.
Violence against women is THE most important health issue that women face today.
Women and men are out in the world raising their voices for breast cancer research and other health issues....now, more than ever, we need united voices speaking up against domestic abuse. Criminal Domestic Violence won't stop until men lend their voices to this fight. Not everything that is faced can be changed....but nothing can change until it is faced.