DescriptionIn this master's thesis, I examine 100+ Men Against Domestic Violence, a training program that was offered to Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff in September 2008 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This training program was designed to educate and empower men to end domestic violence in their communities by utilizing the bystander intervention model which aims to change underlying social norms and attitudes that contribute to the problem of violence against women. Ten months following the training program, interviews were conducted with several men that attended the program in order to evaluate the program. Both the training program and the interviews will be examined in this paper.
I will introduce the topic area of violence against women; provide theoretical frameworks in which to examine these issues; outline the 100+ Men Against Violence training program; present the evaluation of the program; and provide further deliberation on the implications of this research and suggestions for the future. This paper particularly focuses on bystander intervention, which is a major component of the 100+ Men Against Domestic Violence Program, in order to evaluate the efficacy of its principles as a primary prevention program.