According to a national survey conducted by Hart Research for the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Verizon Wireless 56 percent of men – and 60 percent of those age 18 to 34 – have reason to believe a member of their immediate or extended family, a close friend or acquaintance has been in a domestic violence (or sexual assault situation). More than half (57 percent) think they can personally make at least some difference in preventing violence and 73 percent think they can make at least some difference in promoting healthy, respectful, non-violent relationships.
The poll also discovered that increasingly men are taking action. Two in three fathers have talked to their sons about the importance of healthy, violence-free relationships, and 63 percent have talked to their daughters. Fifty-five percent of the men surveyed have talked to other boys who are not their sons.
“Do no harm,” must be the mantra of every man in our society and especially fathers. Situations of family and relationship violence impact couples, but can be particularly harmful for children. Recognizing and responding to domestic violence reduces the risk of harm to children and supports families in their efforts to achieve a healthy relationship. Fathers who play a safe and positive role in their children's lives have been shown to reduce a child's risk of suffering from short and long term negative effects including abuse and neglect.
For these reasons and more we are calling on the men of Colorado to make this pledge of commitment.
Launched in 2008, the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence (CMADV) campaign is building a community of men that no longer tolerate domestic violence through the following objectives:
- Raise awareness of the campaign through community outreach, the availability of an online pledge form and educational programs.
- Educate young men on what it really means to be a man – kindness and respectful behavior toward women.
- Challenge men to become role models for boys with their every day behavior. Act as a resource and referral source for local programs seeking to encourage men to take a stand against domestic violence in their own communities.
If you believe someone you know is in an abusive / domestic violence situation and needs immediate assistance please call:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides crisis hotline assistance for domestic violence victims across the country.
1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY), www.ndvh.org
Domestic violence is considered a pattern of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship that is used by one partner to exercise power and control over another partner.