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Delaware MEN PSA

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View the 60 second Delaware M.E.N. Public Service Announcement

Engaging Men Resources

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Special Initiatives

Since its founding, DCADV has focused on a variety of special initiatives, many of which have led to our current committees and task forces and the various projects and core activities we focus on.

Engaging Men

Over the past several years, DCADV has been working to engage men in efforts to prevent and end domestic violence. At our 10th anniversary in 2004, we featured Tony Porter of the national organization “A Call to Men.” In 2005, DCADV sponsored the “Call to Men: It’s Time to Work” Conference, the first conference of its kind in Delaware to focus on engaging men to help end violence against women. At our 15th anniversary event in 2009,

we invited men from business, government, media, law, and faith organizations to publicly take a stand against domestic violence.

In 2010, DCADV and the Delaware Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Consortium launched a statewide plan to prevent intimate partner violence, which includes strategic goals and objectives to engage men and boys in promoting healthy relationships.

In October of that year, DCADV hosted a special “Call to Men” Roundtable Event led by Tony Porter, in which over 50 men and a small caucus of women gathered to discuss the connection between acts of domestic violence and community norms that promote hypermasculinity, violence, and inequality in relationships, as well as strategies that both challenge such norms and replace them with ones that promote concepts of healthy manhood, equality, and respect. A call to action was made during the event, and the Delaware Men’s Education Network (Delaware MEN) was born.

In October of the same year, DCADV also launched its “Check Yourself” public awareness campaign targeted at men and boys.

Delaware Men’s Education Network (Delaware MEN)

The mission of the Delaware Men’s Education Network (Delaware MEN) is to “involve men in promoting healthy, safe relationships.” Delaware MEN is part of DCADV's prevention and outreach efforts to engage men in this important issue. Like Tony Porter, DCADV believes that domestic violence is not merely "a women's issue" (i.e. it should be of concern to all of our families and communities), and that men have an important role in helping to end it. Learn more about Delaware MEN

Below is a timeline of Delaware MEN activities:

April 2011 - Delaware MEN hold their first meeting. They have a diverse membership across the state and continue to meet biweekly. With the goal of hosting “guided discussions” with formal and informal men’s groups across the state, they are preparing culturally-specific and community relevant talking points, videos, and materials to support men in promoting healthy relationships.

June 2011 - Delaware MEN write, edit, and produce their first public service announcement. The PSA begins airing in Dover movie theaters over Father’s Day weekend. View the PSA at Delaware MEN members help cofacilitate a workshop presented by DCADV at the Devoted Dads Summit sponsored by the Delaware Fatherhood/Family Coalition.

Aug 2011 - Delaware MEN is featured in a VAWnet special collection through the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. VAWnet reported that they had 1,000 unique visitors to the collection in just 10 days. Delaware MEN facilitator Scott Michels is also invited to present during a national webinar hosted by Prevent Connect called, “Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons Learned from DELTA Programs.”

Sept 2011 - After viewing the Delaware MEN PSA and receiving information from DCADV on strategies to engage men and boys, the planning committee for the Christiana Care Domestic Violence Prevention Forum decide to focus this year’s forum on efforts to engage men and boys. Tony Porter from the Call to Men Organization was the featured speaker at the event on November 3 at Ezion Fair Baptist Church in Wilmington. Delaware MEN was also invited to present a workshop at the 2011 Healthy Men of Color Conference sponsored by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.

Oct 2011 - Delaware MEN members participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities across the state and are invited to attend the Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence Against Women Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Office of the Vice President and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and featuring Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.


Note: Funding for this project was made possible (in part) by the DELTA Program cooperative agreement award number : 5US4/CE001527-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in project materials or publications and by speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

*Funding for these outreach and information dissemination materials was provided by the Delaware Fatherhood/Family Coalition in partnership with the Promoting Safe & Stable Families Program/PBHS.

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