Western Men Against Violence, Men’s Violence Prevention Project, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA


Contact Name: Brian Pahl
Phone Number: (360) 650-3290
E-mail: brian.pahl@wwu.edu
Key Words: (1) Mixed gender and male only; (2) college age; (3) primarily white population; (4) university setting; (5) one-time workshop; (6) 1-hour videotaped program
Population served
This program targets college-aged males and females and is typically delivered in classes and residence halls. The educational component of the program is segregated by gender. Participants usually join the program via self-referrals.
Medium used to convey message
This project uses a number of theories in its approach. Participants examine bystander behavior, pluralistic ignorance, self, healthy relationships, and consent issues. The program also uses a community environmental approach.
Western Men Against Violence (WMAV) is a group of Western students, sponsored by Prevention and Wellness Services, committed to social change by ending violence. WMAV gives men the opportunity to work together to ensure the health and well-being of all community members. The group brings men together and raises awareness through educational programs, community service projects, special events, and regular meetings. Topics of discussion have included the role of men in preventing stalking, sexual assault, and dating violence; tips for improving men’s health and building healthy relationships; and prejudice reduction.
Goals, objectives, and desired outcomes
The primary goal of the program is involvement, specifically, raising awareness of sexual violence and name recognition of the program. The mission of WMAV is to create a campus and community free of violence; to promote relationships based on equality and respect; to encourage positive, healthy expressions of masculinity; and to be visible, outspoken allies for all who experience prejudice and discrimination.
Theoretical/ scientific basis for the approach
The practical application of the program is based on the work of Luoluo Hong, Paul Kivel, Jackson Katz, Alan Berkowitz, and Christopher Kilmartin. The project is based on the following theoretical foundations: Feminism, Social Norms, Diffusion of Innovations, Standpoint, Stages of Change, and Student Development.
Level of evaluation
The program’s post-testing and staff indicated a desire for further evaluation of their efforts. They participate in the American College Health Association survey every 2 years and have inserted questions on violence into the survey. They have baseline data from 2000 with one follow-up in 2002.
Staff capacity
The Men’s Violence Prevention Project has one full-time staffperson who conducts presentations on campus and provides training for the WMAV program. There are four peer health educators (students) who have been trained and provide presentations and training for other men. Approximately 15 men have had a less intensive training and assist with educational/awareness activities.