men, masculinities and gender politics


Engaging men in violence prevention: A walking tour of some of XY’s content

This page highlights the content on the XY website on engaging men in violence prevention. For links to the wide range of valuable resources elsewhere on the internet, see XY's links page.

Introducing men’s violence against women

People new to the area of men’s violence against women can find short overviews and introductions, including pieces such as;

If you want more detailed, scholarly accounts of men’s violence against women, or domestic or partner violence, or sexual violence, look to XY’s collections. These include:

Domestic violence and gender: There are debates and controversies in this work. One key debate is over gender and domestic violence: is women's domestic violence against men is as common or as serious as men's domestic violence against women? XY includes valuable resources here, including

False allegations: Men’s rights advocates (MRAs), and community members more widely, claim that women often make false allegations of domestic violence or child abuse. But, this is not true, as this fact sheet spells out.

More widely, men's rights and father's rights advocates have attacked efforts to address men's violence against women. XY includes responses to typical anti-feminist claims, including this short piece (Flood, 2006), an article on fathers' rights groups and their efforts to undermine work to address violence against women, and a wide range of other materials.

Community attitudes: XY also includes valuable materials on community attitudes towards domestic / family violence or violence against women.

Violence prevention

XY includes excellent resources on the violence prevention field in general. These include two XY collections. The first focuses on short, accessible introductions to violence prevention, primary prevention, and so on. The second focuses on major, systematic reviews of prevention practice. (Also see the further references listed on these pages.)

Engaging men

Engaging men is now firmly on the violence prevention agenda. XY includes great introductions to the notions that men have a role to play in preventing and reducing violence against women and that violence prevention efforts should include engaging men. See e.g.;

There is also scholarship and research on violence prevention work with men. See e.g.;

What can men do in their everyday lives to prevent and reduce men’s violence against women? How can men speak up and step in the face of violence and violence-supportive behaviours? Reports such as Men Speak Up provide detailed guidance and discussion, while this XY collection features a range of guides and discussions on the action men can take.

XY includes a wide range of key reports and overviews on the role of men in addressing violence against women, including:

These include pieces which focus on the practical educational and other strategies which can be used to engage men, such as these:

Work with men is only one aspect of the wider violence prevention field. XY includes comprehensive bibliographies of various violence prevention strategies and issues.

The work of engaging men has been around for a while, and XY includes some earlier speeches and articles too, e.g.;

XY includes materials focused on violence prevention in particular settings and contexts or among particular groups of men and boys, including e.g.:

One important context for violence prevention work is sport. XY includes, for example, a short piece on sport, athletes, and violence against women, and a longer review on Building Cultures of Respect and Non-Violence: A Review of Literature Concerning Adult Learning and Violence Prevention Programs with Men (2008).

You will find materials focused on particular strategies of or issues in violence prevention, including e.g.:

The prevention of sexual violence includes work encouraging norms and practices of consent, and XY includes a substantial collection on consent, including toolkits, discussions, and videos.

Violence against men

XY includes a wide range of materials on violence against men and boys. These include:

Debates, dilemmas, and challenges

There are debates over men's involvement in preventing men's violence against women. Should this work emphasise how men will benefit? How should this work be accountable to women? And so on.

XY includes various relevant materials here, including

Accountability: One key issue is accountability. What is this, and how and to whom should this work be accountable? XY includes pieces here by Ben Atherton-Zeman, Kristy Macomber (2014), a very early statement by Men Against Pornography (1990s), and others.

Concepts and issues

You can explore important concepts in this work and dimensions of this work, including e.g.

Links to other sites

XY also includes links to other relevant sites (although some links need updating), including e.g.