Delaware Men's Education Network (MEN) is a collaboration of campus, military and community-based organizations working to develop and sustain best practices for engaging men in sexual and domestic violence prevention. Delaware MEN provides training and technical assistance to the partner organizations in order to assist their efforts, as well as provides a collaborative space for discussion and support of partner organization work.
As part of an ongoing effort since 2004 to engage men and boys in promoting healthy relationships, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosted a special “Call to Men” Roundtable Event in 2010 led by DCADV’s long-term partner, Tony Porter of the national A CALL TO MEN organization.
Over 50 men and a small caucus of women from across the state gathered to discuss the connection between acts of domestic violence and community norms that promote hypermasculinity, violence, and inequality in relationships, as well as strategies that both challenge such norms and replace them with ones that promote concepts of healthy manhood, equality, and respect.
Community members enthusiastically responded to a call to action that was made during the event, and the Delaware Men’s Education Network was born.
As time passed, it was clear that there was a need for sustainable, community driven efforts to engage men in sexual and domestic violence prevention. Expanding from its original mission of mobilizing individuals, Delaware MEN now aims to mobilize campus, military and community based groups to build sustainable initiatives.
This work is part of a larger effort in Delaware to prevent domestic violence and promote healthy relationships.
Delaware MEN is part of the outreach and prevention efforts of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the statewide, nonprofit coalition of agencies and individuals working to prevent and end domestic violence in Delaware.
Visit DCADV to learn more and get involved.
Funding for this project was made possible in part by the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) program cooperative agreement award number 1UF2/CE002406-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in project materials or publications and by speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
The RPE program operates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four US territories. In Delaware, the RPE program is administered by Office of Women’s Health, Division of Public Health, Delaware Health and Social Services.