- Be an Ally of Women and Girls
- Influence Other Men
- Be a Role Model for Boys
- Be an Active Bystander
- Share Your Own Story
- Support Womens' and Girls' Organizations
- Learn more
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By a recent estimate, more than 15 million children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes in the US. Many others are direct victims of child abuse. Statistically, half of these children are male. That means that there are millions of men in the US (and around the world) who have been traumatized by the terror of violence. A percentage of these men become perpetrators themselves, but the majority does not. Even though men and boys are taught not to share stories of vulnerability and to hide most of their feelings, it is very important that men who have witnessed or suffered violence speak up. As more men step forward with their stories, other men will follow their lead. This is how a movement is created and who would be better at fighting against violence than survivors of direct and indirect abuse.
Here are some things you can do:
The Historias de Hombres project featured in the Tools and Materials section is a program that engages men in sharing their own stories to promote awareness in their communities.
A speakers’ guide has been developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in multiple languages to help support survivors who want to tell their stories.