Men Stopping Violence trains leaders from a variety of disciplines: business, non-profit, faith-based organizations, government, higher education, healthcare and more in communities and classrooms nationwide.
Whether it is individuals, groups or entire organizations, MSV can provide training on individual topics or a comprehensive series of topics related to ending violence and oppression. Training and consultation varies in format according to the needs of the organizers and participants of the training.
MSV holds multiple day facilitation trainings on the Men At Work: Building Safe Communities educational program and the Because We Have Daughters program. Click on the links above to learn more.
Below are a variety of training titles and descriptions from past trainings MSV has developed. The topics have been presented in multiple formats including webinars, keynotes, and workshops at conferences, and can vary in length.
Click on the arrow to the right of each title to read their respective description.
Confronting Collusion: Centering Safety in Family Violence Intervention Programs
Men Stopping Violence has been intervening with men who use abusive and controlling behaviors for over thirty years. Over this time, MSV has developed practices that hold men accountable and create safer communities for women and girls. In this interactive training, MSV defines collusion and describes group dynamics that confront collusive behavior, describes components of a classroom culture that supports men’s accountability and honest participation and explores the importance of partnering with women serving agencies to accountability for men and building safer communities for women and girls.
Core Principles of Mobilizing Men: We are the Work
A key component of Men Stopping Violence’s work with men is highlighting the value of personal work or examining which harmful beliefs about men and women we have internalized, where we receive privilege and how we may use it to undermine the goals of our movement, and creating a level of self-awareness that allows us to identify our growing edges when it comes to this work. A second key component of preparing men to work in this movement is accountability. When we are accountable to women and the movement to end male violence against women and girls, we create a base for ourselves to do our work. This accountability helps us by giving us feedback about the work we are doing and ensures that our work holds a vision of safety and justice for women and girls at its center. Without this accountability and feedback, we risk unintentionally undermining safety for women and girls.
Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women: MSV’s Community Accountability Model
The MSV Community Accountability Model of male violence against women offers a view of the cultural and historical mechanisms that support violence against women. The model, and the strategies and programs that have grown out of it, demonstrate the potential for disrupting traditions of abuse and dominance at the individual, familial, local, national, and global levels. In this workshop, Men Stopping Violence will share its Community Accountability Model and discuss applications for engaging men in the prevention of violence against women and girls.
Engaging Men: Bridging Theory and Practice
For over 30 years, Men Stopping Violence has engaged thousands of men as allies in preventing violence against women. Drawing from this experience, the goal of this training is to share promising practices used by Men Stopping Violence to engage men to prevent male violence against women thru theory and practice. The training covers the reasons why engaging men is essential to the prevention of male violence; how to promote initiatives so that they are appealing to men; assessing the readiness of men to participate in initiatives; and creating sustainable initiatives and retaining men. (This has been a keynote by Ulester Douglas, and Sulaiman Nuriddin.)
Expanding the Role of Family Violence Intervention Programs: Getting Involved in Communities to Prevent Violence Against Women
There is still much debate about the role and effectiveness of Family Violence Intervention Programs in ending violence against women. What is not in dispute, although not well-examined, is the impact these programs can have in changing community norms and practices that support violence against women. The goal of this training is to demonstrate how a nationally-recognized program effectively engages communities of men to be allies in preventing male violence against women. Participants will be invited also, to explore other strategies FVIP’s can use to mobilize communities in preventing violence against women.
Focusing on Sexual Violence as a Tactic of Control: Teaching Sexual Respect through Family Violence Intervention Programs
Sexual violence accompanies physical and psychological violence as tactics used by men referred to Family Violence Intervention Programs, but is often de-emphasized in comparison. A de-emphasis on sexual violence may be a result of facilitator discomfort discussing the issue or a lack of understanding about how sexual violence relates to other abusive tactics. In this day long workshop, Men Stopping Violence shares its definition of male sexual violence, explores tactics on the spectrum of sexual violence, and provides tools to teach sexual respect in Family Violence Intervention Programs.
Preventing Male Violence Against Women: Because We Have Daughters
Developing girls’ leadership is often overlooked in primary prevention approaches to male intimate partner violence against women. Grandfathers, fathers and other male caretakers can be a vital resource, or barrier, to girls’ development. Helping adult men explore their beliefs about their daughters and granddaughters, as well as strengthening their awareness and empathy for women’s reality, is critical to changing our social environments. Rather than focusing on keeping women and girls in their lives in “safe” environments, Because We Have Daughters encourages men to take on the work of making the world safer for all women and girls. In this training Men Stopping Violence outlines the relationship between engaging men and the goals of holding men accountable and creating safety for women and girls; defines the opportunities that engaging men offers to our initiatives and our communities; and introduces participants to Men Stopping Violence’s Because We Have Daughters program and its core values.
Women’s Voices and Experiences must be Central to Our Work with Men
If we are to hear important truths about male violence against women and how it affects our communities, we must seek out women’s voices and experiences. These truths are invaluable to the work we do with men to prevent male violence. They deepen the meaning of our prevention efforts and shape its direction. We can learn about women’s experiences by reading, by embracing their artistic expressions, and through conversation with women. In this training, Men Stopping Violence explores the importance and implications of centering women’s experiences in our engaging men work. We present the reasons why MSV places such value on the realities of women and offer tools of incorporating women’s experiences of violence into our work with men.
Working with Men Across Difference: Tools for Addressing Bias and Inequality in Family Violence Intervention Programs
In any given batterer intervention class, differences across race, class, sexual orientation, religion, and age create meaningful group dynamics that impact participant experience. Appropriately addressing these dynamics can build group cohesion and deepen the overall experience. Avoidance of these group dynamics may instead undermine the objectives of your program. In this (one day) training, Men Stopping Violence introduces a framework for understanding inequality’s impact on Family Violence Intervention Programs and introduces program elements and facilitation skills necessary to properly address these harmful group dynamics rooted in inequality. (This has been a keynote by Ulester Douglas)