In honor of Father’s day, Hubbard House would like to recognize and thank all the fathers and father-figures that have positively impacted the lives around them. It is through their example that healthy, non-violent behavior is being promoted.
When people hear the words “domestic violence,” they often think of it as a women’s issue. But, it is only through the leadership of both women and men that this issue can be resolved. Men can challenge the stereotypes of manhood and display positive examples of what it truly means to be a man. They can offer leadership in standing up for what’s right and be a great example for other men and boys to do the same. It is important for them to know that all their encouraging words and actions do not go unnoticed.
Many men in our community are helping end violence by:
- Taking a leadership role in their child’s school or acting as positive role model for youth
- Taking a stance and speaking out against domestic violence and setting a positive example by choosing non-violent means of conflict resolution
- Reinforcing the message that domestic violence is unacceptable through their capacities at work or in their community and civic groups
- Providing a listening ear or lending a helping hand in times of high stress when domestic violence is more likely to happen
- Educating youth about sex and violence in popular culture and mainstream media and setting a very clear standard about respect
- Emphasizing the importance of communicating without abusive actions or words
Fathers and father-figures should be celebrated every day, not just Father’s Day, in the lives of those they positively impact. Hubbard House would like to acknowledge the wonderful contributions men make in promoting healthy relationships and a better future and encourage others to follow in their footsteps. No matter which option is chosen, it is important to remember that taking some action is better than taking no action.
Want to get involved with helping end domestic violence in our community? Hubbard House has an official auxiliary organization called Men Against Violence Against Women (MAVAW). For more information, please call (904) 354-0076 ext. 642.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.
ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.
Written by Karina Chowdhury