The Uncommon Man

December 03, 2008

New web site highlights what works to prevent violence


WHO and Liverpool John Moores University's Centre for Public Health have launched today an important new web site highlighting what works to prevent violence. Geared towards policy-makers and violence prevention researchers, practitioners and advocates, the web site marks the first time that information on effective violence prevention programmes is available in a searchable web-based data base.

Violence is responsible for 1.6 million deaths every year of which half are suicides, a third homicides, and a tenth due to war and other forms of collective violence. Millions more people are injured and psychologically scarred by violence each year, often with life-long consequences. Violence costs economies billions of dollars annually in direct health, legal, and welfare costs and indirect costs due to lost productivity. This seriously impedes the development of low-income and middle-income countries.

Violence can be prevented and its impact reduced by adopting an evidence-based public health approach. Such an approach seeks to prevent violence before it occurs, by reducing the factors that place people at risk and reinforcing those which protect them. The new website includes:

*A searchable data base of abstracts from published studies that measure the effectiveness of interventions to prevent violence. The abstracts can be searched by violence type (child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, youth violence, sexual violence), keywords, and geographical area of implementation.
*Resources including key publications on violence and its prevention;
*Information and links to relevant organizations, including the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), a WHO-led network of agencies dedicated to preventing violence using the public health approach;
*News including updates on new violence prevention events and publications;
*An opportunity for organizations to contribute to the web site by submitting resources.

The Violence Prevention web site can be accessed at:

For further information, please contact Dr Christopher Mikton at

WHO violence prevention:

Violence Prevention Alliance:

Global Campaign for Violence Prevention:

Posted by Aaron Buford at 01:36 PM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2006

New Blogs To Check-Out

Back from a week off, I've found a couple of new blogs that I thought I would call attention to. The first is Masculinities in Media brought to you by the great organization Men Can Stop Rape. The second is The Rape Crisis Blog. Here is the description from the site:

I've created this blog in order to bring into consciousness the sad reality of rape victims around the world in the 21st century. Currently I'm collecting every piece of information I can find regarding this subject, and put it here with reference to the origin.

Check them out....

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April 13, 2006

Resource: National Latino Alliance

Check out: National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence

Currently on their main page: LATINO MEN SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! April 26, 2006 New York City

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January 09, 2006


The Boston chapter of the National Organization of Men Against Sexism has a great internet resource page. Lots of links to numerous programs and organizations doing similar work. Worth checking out...


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October 18, 2005

Men of Strength Club

Recently, I've been wondering - where are the young pro-feminist males? A few years ago I ran different youth programs for the Men's Resource Center for Change and worked with some great youth who understood how men are socialized in our culture. They were interested in re-examining that and to work against violenc against women. They were inspiring to me in ways that I hadn't anticipated when I stated these programs. I am aware that there are numerous organizations and programs that are working with young men and I've been searching for different models as well as talking to colleagues about what they know.

Below is a link to a program that is run by Men Can Stop Rape in Washington DC. It looks like a great model - and is starting a national presence this year.

Men of Strength Club

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September 08, 2005

Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz is an articulate and deep-thinking pro-feminist man. He created the Mentors for Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University and, along with the Media Education Foundation, created several popular educational videos, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis of Masculinity. I recommend checking out his website and, especially, looking at the publications page. There, he has numerous articles that are well worth reading. If he comes to your local college be sure to hear him speak, too.

Jackson Katz's Website

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July 25, 2005

You The Man

You The Man is a one person play that can be brought to an audience (high school, college, conference) and used as a tool to address domestic and sexual violence. Its focus is on the bystander model where you encourage those who witness DV or SA to respond appropriately. There are several of this type of production out there (I've seen The Yellow Dress and Remote Control at local schools). I think they can be effective tools to get conversations started, but are not a one solution "answer" to these issues, as I've seen some schools use them.

More info: You The Man

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