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MGH Men Against Abuse

In an attempt to heighten awareness, the MGH Domestic Violence Working Group introduced a men’s initiative called MGH Men Against Abuse. We pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women. We will respect, listen to and share power with the women in our lives. This is a group of male employees and female allies who meet regularly to share information and plan domestic violence awareness events.

MGH Men Against Abuse members can come to your department and provide information about domestic violence and how men can work toward change.  We look to promote awareness about violence towards women and understand how our attitudes and actions may perpetuate sexism and violence. The goals of this group are to:

  • Become Aware
  • Educate Yourself
  • Speak Up


We look to promote awareness about violence towards women and understand how our attitudes and actions may perpetuate sexism and violence.  We are looking for a few good men.  For more information about getting involved in MGH Men Against Abuse, please send an email with your name and how you would like to be contacted by MGH Men Against Abuse:

Current Ambassadors:

  • Jim Heffernan, MGPO Finance
  • Lenny DeBenedicits, Employee Assistance Program
  • Matt Thomas, Police and Security
  • Frank Garvin, Police and Security
  • Jeff Cooper, Center for Medical Simulation
  • Ben Lanckton, Chaplaincy
  • John Badalament, Psychiatry
  • Taylan Bozkurt, Surgery

See It...Step Up...Stop It.

See It... 

  •  Domestic abuse is about power and control
  •  Why abusers abuse:
    •  Societies all around the world condone it
    •  Abusers get what they want
    •  Abuse is learned behavior
  •  Controlling Behaviors:
    •  Verbal abuse
    •  Threats
    •  Intimidation 
    •  Physical and economic isolation 
    •  Physical and sexual violence
  •  Impact on children

Step Up... 

  •  Acknowledge that the problem exists
  •  “We pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women.  We will respect, listen to and share power with the women in our lives.”

Stop It.

  •  Realize that gender violence is a men’s issue that affects women you care about
  •  Don’t remain silent
  •  Understand how your own attitudes and actions may perpetuate sexism and violence, and work toward changing them
  •  Gently offer your help and support
  •  Respect women and treat them as equals
  •  Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence
  •  Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay bashing
  •  Educate yourself and others about masculinity, gender inequality and the root causes of gender violence
  •  Mentor and teach boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women
  •  Refuse to purchase any magazines, videos, or music that portray women in a degrading
    or violent manner

Learn More


Resources at Massachusetts General Hospital

General/Educational Resources for Domestic Violence

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 │ 12:00-1:00pm, MGH Main Campus, Yawkey Conference Room 2-210 - Bystander Awareness and Action Program
    • Can you imagine that someday you could be a bystander witnessing, or learning about, a situation involving intimate partner violence?  Have you already been there and wish you had done something differently, but didn’t quite know what it is you could have done?  MGH Men Against Abuse is hosting a dynamic, interactive presentation on bystander awareness and action. 

      Alan O’Hare of Life Story Theatre will direct his actor colleagues in portraying a real-life scenario. Domestic violence advocates from EAP and HAVEN at MGH will be part of a facilitated discussion with the audience about ways to support victims of intimate partner violence and resources that are available within the MGH community.  The objective is to create awareness of the problem of intimate partner violence and to empower you to respond appropriately if you are a witness to it.  This event has been held a number of times at MGH and we are excited to offer useful information and discussion about the pervasive issue of intimate partner violence and its effect on people in both their professional career or personal life.
      Seating is limited, so RSVP needed by email to

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015 │ 12:00-1:00pm, Yawkey 4-820 - Guest Speaker Malcolm Astley
    • Doctor Astley and Mary Dunne worked closely together in building the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, through which they educate schools, community groups, and lawmakers to promote healthy relationships among young people and prevent “breakup violence.”

    If you have concerns or questions about your own behavior in relationships with partners, please contact one of these programs for more information.