MGH Men Against Abuse
MGH Men Against Abuse (MAA) is a group of men and their allies working under the umbrella of the MGH Domestic Violence Working Group (DVWG). We meet regularly to advance our goals: to heighten awareness of intimate partner abuse, especially of violence perpetrated by men against women, and to encourage self-education, speaking up and doing something about it.
We pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women and all gender- based violence. We will respect, listen to and share power with the women in our lives.
MGH Men Against Abuse members can come to your department and provide information about intimate partner abuse and how men and their allies can work toward change.
We promote awareness about intimate partner abuse and understand how our attitudes and actions may perpetuate sexism and violence. For more information about getting involved in MGH Men Against Abuse, please click here
- Jim Heffernan, MGPO Finance
- Lenny DeBenedicits, Employee Assistance Program
- Matt Thomas, Police and Security
- Jeff Cooper, Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
- Ben Lanckton, Chaplaincy
- Fred White, Radiology
- Rob Langhorne, Police and Security
See It...Step Up...Stop It.
- Intimate partner abuse is about power and control
- Abuse is not an anger management issue
- Controlling Behaviors:
- Verbal abuse
- Isolation from friends and family
- Physical and sexual violence
- Acknowledge that the problem exists
- “We pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women and all gender-based violence. We will respect, listen to and share power with the women in our lives.”
- 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
- 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
Resources at Massachusetts General Hospital
General/Educational Resources for Domestic Violence
If you have concerns or questions about your own behavior in relationships with partners, please contact one of these programs
for more information.