< All Topics

Flood, Michael (2019) – Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention


Men have a vital role to play in ending men’s violence against women. The field of efforts to engage men and boys in violence prevention is growing rapidly, across policy and programming, scholarship, and advocacy and activism. This is embodied in the growth of national and global interventions and campaigns, initiatives by international agencies, and scholarly assessments of their impact and significance. Across the globe, a wide variety of violence prevention initiatives in schools and elsewhere now address boys and young men, sporting codes have adopted measures to involve male players in building respectful cultures, and institutions such as the military are moving towards similar initiatives. This book provides a comprehensive guide to engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and girls and other forms of violence and abuse. It provides an informed and accessible framework for understanding, supporting, and critically assessing men’s roles in violence prevention. There are three elements to the book’s background. First, violence against women (including physical and sexual assaults and other behaviours which result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women) has been identified as a widespread social problem. Second, there is an increasing emphasis on the primary prevention of violence against women in government and community efforts—on not just responding to victims and perpetrators, but also in preventing this violence from occurring in the first place. Third, a significant trend in violence prevention is the growing focus on engaging men and boys in prevention. Around the world there are growing efforts to involve boys and men in various capacities: as participants in education programs, as targets of social marketing campaigns, as policy-makers and gate- keepers, and as activists and advocates. There is a groundswell of com- munity-based prevention activity directed at men and boys. There is significant policy support for male involvement in violence prevention, evident in recent plans of action by national governments and affirmed by international agencies. In short, violence prevention efforts aimed at men and boys are on the public agenda, are being adopted and funded increasingly widely, and have a powerful rationale.

-Excerpt from Text, p. 1–2.


Flood, Michael2019. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


The author has made the entire book freely available and has PowerPoints slides and chapter summaries available for download.

XY Online: xyonline.net

Cover Image

View and Download PDF

Flood, Michael (2019) – Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention

Further Information

Table of Contents