M.E.N.S Group (Men Exploring Non-Violent Solutions)
What is Domestic Violence?
According the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADC), "Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse".
"1 in 3 women in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence".
What is M.E.N.S. Group?
The M.E.N.S. Group is a 39-week Batterers Intervention Program for men (court ordered or voluntary) who have used violent, abusive, and controlling behaviors. The program is a collaborative effort between Second Chance Counseling Center, The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, and the local District and Circuit Courts of Northern Michigan; designed to help end violence against women and children, hold perpetrators accountable for their behavior, and to help promote non-violence and gender equality in our Northern Michigan communities.
Why M.E.N.S. Group?
One in three Michigan families are impacted by domestic violence.
Unlike Anger Management, M.E.N.S. group is a batterers intervention program in which the acts of abuse and control are viewed as the primary problem. The main focus of the group is to hold men accountable for their behaviors, help men recognize how their behaviors impact their partner/children, and confronting belief systems based on sexism and gender socialization - all with the intention to help men explore non-violent solutions and to help keep women and children safe.