Men Against Violence Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Catonsville, MD


Contact Name: Casey Miller
Phone Number: (410) 455-1556
E-mail: cmille1@umbc.edu
Key Words: (1) Male only; (2) college age; (3) racially diverse; (4) university setting; (5) workshops; (6) semester-long class
Population served
This sexual violence prevention program is campus based and delivered to college-aged students. It is a male-only program, because only men have applied to the Men Against Violence (MAV) group. There is also a women’s group, Advocates Against Violence. Students receive three credits at UMBC in women’s studies, social work, or psychology for participating in the program.
Medium used to convey message
The program focuses on antiviolence and how to define masculinity. In addition to the classes, men can come in to talk about issues. Staff also hold presentations in residence halls and the community. They also provide campus-wide awareness events.
Goals, objectives, and desired outcomes
The goals of this program are to increase on-campus awareness of the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and other types of discriminatory behaviors (hate crimes, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) and to help educate males about their responsibility to be nonviolent.
Theoretical/ scientific basis for the approach
This program is based loosely on Deborah Mahlstedt’s work (Fraternity Violence Education Project) and Paul Kivel’s research.
Level of evaluation
There is no formal evaluation of this program; however, subjective measurements are made based on papers written by the students.
Staff capacity
The program has one MAV coordinator, one program coordinator, and six peer educators. It is funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and managed by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).