Why Preventing Violence Against Women Requires Men and Boys

Under usual circumstances, risk factors for violence perpetration include job loss, economic stress, substance abuse, depression and feelings of isolation; all of these issues have worsened as the pandemic has continued. As a result, intimate partner violence and femicide have increased dramatically.

To end violence in society, we must address the drivers: the perpetrators of violence who are most often men and boys.

A New Frontier in Domestic Violence Prevention: Coercive Control Bans

COVID-19 has fueled a global surge in intimate partner violence. In response, two states—Hawaii and California—have recently taken the groundbreaking step of passing the nation’s first laws against coercive control.

“Coercive control is the first step in domestic violence. If we can identify it and stop it there, we can save lives,” said the bill’s sponsor, Hawaii Rep. David A. Tarnas.

Victims Must Not Be Lost in Domestic Violence and Policing Debates

If this year is about exposing hard truths, here’s another: We have too easily outsourced our domestic violence problem. Instead of responding and taking a stand in our families and communities, we have, over time relegated it to police and government systems.

How does “defund the police” envision responding to domestic violence—currently the single largest category of calls received by police?

Abuse of Women Is Ingrained in Our Cultural Fabric. It’s Time Men Speak Out.

Would Rep. Yoho have had the confidence to speak to AOC as he did if he knew he’d be challenged on it by other men? Would Yaser Said’s son and brother have been able to keep him hidden for 12 years if they weren’t safe in their masculine circumstance? Would ICE have turned one of its detention centers into “an experimental concentration camp” if they thought they’d face consequences?

We need men to practice allyship by unlearning toxic behaviors and speaking out against those who make degrading comments about women.

Trump Attacks on Fair Housing Will Hurt Marginalized Communities the Most

The Trump administration rolled back a HUD rule that allows potential victims of housing discrimination to challenge unjustified policies, practices or covert forms of discrimination that disproportionately harm them—the latest in a series of Trump administration assaults on civil rights.

The ACLU and our partners will continue to fight through litigation and advocacy to challenge these discriminatory new HUD rules and restore the critical housing protections that will ensure all people—including the most vulnerable and marginalized communities—have equal access to housing.