DV is a woman’s issue right?


Wrong. DV is a social issue. Men are/can be affected in many different ways.

By having daughters, sisters, mothers and friends who may be affected. If they know someone who is being abused or who dies as a result of domestic violence men are as affected as any other relative or friend. And for themselves, their sons, their brothers and fathers and friends.

Men may run into it in the workplace or on the street. Or if they are dating, they could be caught up in DV problems in a past relationship of the girlfriend. They can be endangered by it by becoming involved with the girlfriend, by attempting to stop an abusive incident between a known or unknown couple or by being an innocent bystander. Or they can become victims of DV through a wife or girlfriend. On a lesser note, men are affected when coworkers are unable to work due to a domestic violence incident.

The fight to end DV was begun by women it is true. And you will find that many survivors of abusive relationships do belong to the groups. But it isn’t enough.

Men are needed too. Men to be good role models for their sons and daughters. Men to raise their voices and say it is past time to end! Men to take a stand against DV, join the groups and tell others that abuse is not what makes a man. Because it isn’t enough to stand silently by anymore. In order to end DV we need to change the culture and attitudes that foster it.

There are organizations all over the country that are for men to show their stand against domestic violence. I will be posting a few. If you find more, please list them.

Florida is looking for some good men

orlandosentinel.com             Men Against Domestic Violence Fla.

Men’s Network Against DV        TX Men Against DV/SA         Strong Men Don’t Bully

Please, show that you take a stand.


1 Comment

  1. RAGriffith said,

    November 8, 2007 at 1:55 am

    7Thank you for this informed content. You all make insightful, useful and meaningful comments about the insidious nature of Domestic Abuse and the violent legacy it leaves on the children of the victim throughout their lives. I pray that every community. . . small and large….installs some network of resources to give these women a chance to reach out to someone. Trust me, I know from experience the greatest challenge when living with an abuser is to have ‘hope’; that somehow there IS an exit strategy is these situations. Most importantly, I think there must be in place an ombudsmen or someone at the State AG level where the wives of these “safety” officiers can call/report their situation and get referrals to someone they can confide in; that will report to their superiors. If we don’t create a refuge for dialog for persons of abuse; these crimes are exacerbated by the knowledge that they are the ‘power’ in these victims lives.

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