Change Male Culture to Avoid Further Violence

Russell King, president and CEO of Alliance member Family Service Madison, Wisconsin, wrote several interesting commentaries for Huffington Post that I am featuring on the CEO Blog. The first post was on institutional racism and individual bigotry. This second blog suggests that we must redefine manhood in order to reduce violence.

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"Reducing violence by redefining manhood" says that violence is statistically a “male thing” because violence is culturally a “male thing.” But, as King points out, unfortunately male violence is deadly to men, women, and kids. While anti-domestic violence and anti-aggression therapy programs can help men move beyond unhealthy masculinity, King points out that these programs take place after crimes are committed. We must, he says, change male culture so we can set boys on a healthy path early in life.

Check out “Violence Prevention: The Evidence; Changing Cultural and Social Norms That Support Violence” by the World Health Organization for additional information. It contains information on interventions to prevent interpersonal and self-directed violence.

“The ‘Cure’ to Ending Violence in Baltimore,” an evaluation of Baltimore’s Safe Streets program by the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, is another resource that provides details on interventions for men.

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