It’s no secret that domestic violence is often thought of as a “women’s issue” but those of us in the field know that DV affects men as well, and I’m not just talking about men who are in same-sex relationships. FVPC sees DV as a community issue, something that affects all of us. DV victims (or survivors, depending on the term you prefer) are your co-workers, friends, fellow parishioners as well as family. They are men, women and children. But I am still often asked about how men can help combat the issue of domestic violence.
So, here are 5 ways that men can help:
- Take responsibility for relationship violence as an issue that affect everyone. Although most men are *not *perpetrators, the overwhelming majority of perpetrators of domestic violence are male.
- Don’t be silent when you see other men being disrespectful or harmful to women. Confront sexist jokes and jokes about violence against women.
- Be a role model. Treat women in your life with respect. Think about how you can influence those round you through your behavior.
- Speak out. Men’s voices can be powerful in changing beliefs and behaviors that support abuse. Take the time to talk to your friends about men’s violence against women.
- Talk to your female friends and follow their lead in working against sexism. Ask questions. Listen and support them. Many women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.
What would you add to this list?