ManKind, operated by Center for Domestic Peace:
An Innovative Approach to Stop Domestic Violence and Abuse
In 1980, Center for Domestic Peace, home of Marin Abused Women’s Services, developed one of the nation's first batterer education programs to work with men who are violent to their female partners to stop their violence and abuse. The two goals of ManKind are to help men end their immediate violence toward and abuse of their partners, and to engage men in community advocacy to change the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that support men's violence against women and girls. ManKind utilizes a peer education approach to teach men to stop their violence.
ManKind includes several interlocking components and activities: education classes for male batterers, a men's 24-Hour Hotline, and the active participation of ManKind graduates in community change work.
Classes are held at the ManKind office at 1368 Lincoln Avenue, Suite #203, in San Rafael.
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Saturdays 2:00-4:00 pm
A class is also held at the Marin County Superior Court Jury Services Room 244: Mondays: 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
For more information, please call the ManKind office at (415) 457-6760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Men's violence against women makes a devastating impact on their partners, families, and community, and it is a serious crime in our society. Each year 2 to 4 million women are beaten by their partners or ex-partner, and over 1,400 women are killed by a partner or former partner. Domestic violence is the second leading cause of injuries to women 15 to 44 years old and the number one most frequent violence crime in Marin County. Since its founding, ManKind has worked with over 28,000 men.
ManKind is based on three major principles:
- Men's violence against women is learned behavior that can be unlearned. By doing so, men will be freed of destructive belief systems that have also harmed them.
- Men must be accountable for their violence.
- Community beliefs which support and encourage men's violent behavior must be changed to end abuse, and men have a key role to play in changing those beliefs.
The ManKind classes, under the direction of a trained class facilitator, provide a supportive environment in which men explore how they have come to adopt a belief system (known as the Male-Role-Belief System) in which they expect to have authority over and services from their partners, and how this belief system has led them to violent behavior. The program teaches that men use physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual violence to enforce their superiority over their partners, i.e., get what they want when they want it. Men have the opportunity to learn how they have confused their sense of self-worth, character, and personality with the authoritative male stereotype. Participants are given the tools to replace the false and destructive Male-Role-Belief System with a belief in equality, which leads to intimacy with their partners and supports justice for women and children in the community.
Pathways to Domestic Peace - Resources in Marin help men end cycle of violence:
Click here to read an article about the program and its facilitator.
In his own words, from ManKind class participants:
“It is difficult to express in mere words the depth and importance of Mankind as you present it. Your work has had a profound impact on my life and is vitally important in our community. I have two weeks left in Second Stage and can state unequivocally that the program has given me a new lease on life. I want to thank Mankind for guiding me from that dark place where I lived with my Hit Man, the Righteous, Avenging Commandment, to the place where I am today. I am now in a place where I can feel and be the Joyful."
"Thank you C4DP for the teachings of today`s and tomorrow`s generations. This work will have a growing and lasting positive effect to my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and their communities. Thank you. Truly!"
“ManKind saved me and saved my marriage.”
“You can ask my wife and she’ll tell you that I am a better person since coming to the program.”
“I need this program…. I was mandated by the court once but now I am mandated by ‘me’…”
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Contact: ManKind Office (415) 457-6760
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