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Men's Outreach

Men. Lead By Example

Prevention . Education . Action

Men. Lead By Example encourages men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic and sexual violence and create healthy relationships.

Program Objectives:

  • To create a community free from men's violence against women and girls
  • To raise awareness about healthy relationships
  • To develop men and boys who are committed to ending domestic and sexual violence
  • To have culturally specific conversations about the issues of domestic and sexual violence

A component of our "Men. Lead By Example" Program is the 12 Men Model

Men are invited to take a leadership role and recruit other men to join them in a pledge to never support, commit or remain silent about abuse.  The 12 Men Model assembles men in small groups and encourages them to rethink and redefine healthy masculinity. This prevention-focused program encourages men to dialogue and rethink masculinity and male roles. With the guidance of a facilitator, the program challenges the thoughts of those involved in the group and empowers them to challenge the thoughts of others.  The overall goal for 12 Men Model participants is to ultimately be a resource for others in their communities.

Participants have described the program as life-affirming, creating a group of men who lead by example, treating their partners and children with dignity and respect. Are you ready to take action?  Please click HERE to complete our online pledge form. 

12 Men Model Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need 12 Men for the 12 Men Model?
No, we have worked with groups as small as 4 and as large as 30.

How long is the training?
The training is typically spread out over 4-5, 1-hour sessions. We believe this provides the best experience and offers the opportunity to include contemporary, in the moment issues as they arise. Some groups prefer to break it up into two 2 to 2 1/2 hour blocks, or one- 3-4 hour block, or some other arrangement.  We offer flexibility to customize the training to meet the needs of the organization or group.

Who should I invite?
Invite people you know, men in your circle of influence with whom you work with or socialize with. The purpose of the training is to build a deeper sense of accountability within the group that you have the most influence.

Can’t commit to forming a 12 Men group right now? You can still make a difference by:

  • Hosting a conversation of whatever length about healthy masculinity and relationships at your job, club, or faith-based organization.
  • Request domestic violence and/or sexual assault awareness and prevention training for your group or organization.
  • Be proactive in calling attention to attitudes that perpetuate violence and abuse. For example, language like, “she was asking for it”, “boys will be boys”, “what happens in the family stays in the family”.
  • Be an active supporter of Vera House on social media.  There’s a platform for everyone - you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr.
  • Contact us to let us know any other ideas you have for making a difference! Please email George Kilpatrick, Men's Outreach Program Coordinator.
Men. Lead by Example
Vera House invites men to take a leadership role in promoting healthy relationships and preventing domestic and sexual violence. (Production donated by Solon Quinn Studios)
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