The violence against women movement started when women organized to address men's violence against women. The early social change efforts engaged women as individuals who had the power to change the conditions in which violence against women existed.

While it is clear that violence against women impacts the lives, well-being, and safety of women and girls, this issue is not only of concern to women. Since most people who commit violence against women are men, men must also be engaged and participate in activities to prevent sexual violence.

Early efforts for men's involvement in violence against women prevention have been work in batterer intervention projects such as EMERGE in Boston, RAVEN in St. Louis and MOVE in San Francisco. Other organizations focussed on providing education about male violence.

Check out this article on Eight Ways Men and Boys are Helping to End Gender-Based Violence


Comprehensive Campaigns for men/boys in the U.S.

International Efforts with a Focus on Men/Boys
Men Engage: Is an alliance of worldwide NGOs and UN agencies that work to engage men and boys in the goal of achieving gender equality. One of the organization's key issues is ending gender-based violence.


From the NSVRC Special Collection Men and Boys: Preventing Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

Articles about Traditional Masculinities:

Articles about the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender:

Understanding the benefits of Working with Men and Boys:

Prevention Articles about Engaging Men:

Addressing Challenges and Barriers to Working with Men and Boys:

Articles about Men, Feminism, and Anti-Violence Movements:
Understanding the Primary Prevention approach to engaging boys and men:

Relational level prevention and social change: the bystander approach:

Community change: Prevention work in schools, sports programs, and social communities

Societal Change: Changing social norms

Accountability Work With Men:

DVDs and Videos

Article/video from PBS: The Search for Masculinity

Consultants, Training and Speakers

Bibliographies and Toolkits