REPORT: Programs for Men who have used Violence Against Women: Recommendations for Action and Caution

Programs-for-Men-who-Have-Used-Violence-Against-WomenNumerous studies affirm that violence committed by a male partner and against a female partner (intimate partner violence, or IPV), is a worldwide phenomenon, and studies show that IPV sometimes increases during pregnancy. MenCare partners believe in the capacity of men to be caring partners during the prenatal period and after their children are born, and in guaranteeing women’s safety and protection from violence.

This briefing prepared in collaboration by MenEngage, Equimundo, Rutgers WPF and MenCare+, explores how programs for men who have used IPV can be part of comprehensive approaches to ending IPV but that they must be implemented with considerable caution. It reviews the literature on approaches and common program components; summarizes the emerging evidence, including evaluation trends; and discusses the challenges with implementing such programs as well as alternative models for holding men accountable for violence. In addition, the paper outlines necessary pre-conditions for implementing programs for men who have used IPV.

Read the full report here.