Since 2004, DCADV has engaged men and boys in promoting healthy relationships. This includes making connections 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.
Funding for this work was made possible, in part, by the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program. 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 the Office of Women’s Health, Division of Public Health, Delaware Health and Social Services.
In past years, DCADV engaged boys and men in violence prevention efforts through Delaware Men’s Education Network (MEN), 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. This five-year grant-funded project ended in March 2018.
DCADV continues to engage men and boys in violence prevention as part of our DELTA Impact project by implementing Coaching Boys Into Men, an evidence-based violence prevention program for coaches and athletes to promote skills for healthy and respectful relationships, with the ultimate goal of empowering youth to be leaders who create a culture of respect in their communities.