Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention

Efforts to engage men and boys in preventing men’s violence against women are gaining momentum around the world. This has been prompted in part by a growing emphasis in the violence prevention field on primary prevention and the emergence of an ‘engaging men’ field focused on men’s roles in building gender equality. Programs and interventions aimed at or including men and boys have proliferated: across countries rich and poor, in diverse contexts from schools and universities to faith and sporting institutions and the military, and aimed at men and boys in their roles as partners, parents and caregivers, students, athletes and coaches, workers, policy-makers, and more. Some interventions focus on domestic or partner violence, some on sexual violence, and others on both. The discussion here focuses on both domestic and sexual violence, given that these often co-occur and they have shared risk factors (Guedes, Bott, Garcia-Moreno, & Colombini, 2016).

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Citation: Flood, Michael. (2021). Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention. Chapter 11 in Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence (pp. 155-169), eds. Lucas Gottzén, Margunn Bjørnholt and Floretta Boonzaier. London/New York: Routledge.