“Because We’re Dads”
The NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) recognizes the impact fathers and father figures have on promoting social change with respect to human rights, gender equality, and healthy relationships as well as advancing health and wellness more broadly.
Fathers are powerful influencers and play a significant role in the lives of their children. They have the opportunity, and are uniquely poised, to influence attitudes and behaviors, particularly with their sons, that support healthy and equitable relationships premised on respect, consent and nonviolence. To support community level engagement of fathers and father figures in efforts to prevent gender-based violence, NYSCADV is collecting, developing and compiling strategies gleaned from domestic violence programs across the NYS state and across the country. Our goal is to have a member-informed toolkit that will support programs to connect with fathers based on their relationship with their children, their knowledge of the issues and, perhaps most importantly, to connect fathers with resources that are not only easily accessible but also feel appropriate to them and consistent with their values and the values of their communities.
Please consider joining us in this effort. Over the coming months, NYSCADV will be convening a working group to identify strategies that domestic violence programs and other community based programs have found successful when working with engaging fathers in similar efforts.
Goals, Outcomes and Next Steps:
As part of our overarching goal to advance primary prevention and our collective work to shift the social norms that allow domestic violence, gender inequality, racism and all forms oppressive structures to thrive, NYSCADV continues to build our online Prevention Toolkit. With the invaluable help of our Prevention Consortium, the Because We’re Dad’s working group and our partner and lead consultant on this project, Rus Funk of the North American MenEngage Network, NYSCADV will be providing additional tools and resources via our online Prevention Toolkit as well as opportunities to participate in a statewide conversation about fathering and the role it plays in primary prevention of gender based violence and violence against women and girls.
If you are interested in joining the Because We’re Dads working group, showcasing your programs successes with engaging men and contributing to this critical conversation to advance gender equality and prevent domestic and dating violence in New York State, please contact Lorien Castelle at email@example.com.
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