100 Men Take a Stand engages African American men in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) prevention. Short-term outcomes are focused on beliefs and behaviors. The long term outcome is to reduce deaths and injuries due to family violence in the African American community. This project is established in the Minneapolis St. Paul area, but has begun to work with activists in the Quad Cities (Iowa, Illinois) to share strategies for mobilizing men.
100 Men Primary Strategies
- Promote community norms and support actions that will discourage domestic violence.
- Educate men and the wider community about the effects of domestic violence and offer actions that men can take to fulfill their commitment to prevent domestic violence.
- Promote foundations for healthy relationships.
Domestic Peace Action Postcard
The 100 Men Take A Stand project sends postcards to over 700 people a month to promote nonviolent norms and specific actions to prevent intimate partner violence. These cards address alternatives to violence, and challenge norms of traditional masculinity, power, and the silence which holds domestic violence in place. These are culturally grounded messages that successfully meet a community experience. For examples of postcards visit the IVFF website, go to the bottom of the Men Taking Working for Peaceful Families page to download recent postcard examples.
Healing Generations Curriculum
100 Men Take a Stand piloted the Healing Generations Project in the fall of 2008. This curriculum engages and supports men in doing the transformational personal work necessary to confront their personal and family history and break patterns of violence in their relationships and families.
This curriculum, called Healing Generations, is designed to engage African American men and their community to support men’s healing from their experiences with violence. These experiences also roll through their own families of origin and move forward into their relationships with their children and future grandchildren. Grounded in community wisdom, and coupled with current research on promising practices in violence prevention, this project addresses the root causes of violent behavior in order to reduce intimate partner violence and promote safe relationships, healthy families, and communities that value and support healing.]