April 16: DV Event for Men

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Cheryl Lang, event organizer (photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).

April 16 (Sunday)
Inaugural ASU "Man to Man Manpower" Domestic Violence Event 
- Intimate partner violence event tailored to men. 
- This event, open to all area college campuses and high schools-for men only.
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU        

        According to data from the U.S. Justice Department, domestic violence is a crime that is largely                committed by men against their intimate female partners.

With the vast majority of the crimes and acts of domestic violence impacting women, the University's Violence Against Women Program (VAWP) is tackling the issue head on with an event designed specifically for men. ASU's inaugural "Man to Man Manpower" Domestic Violence Event will be held on April 16 (Sunday) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 in the Ralph David Abernathy College of Education auditorium. 
"For the first time ever at ASU, an all-male event entitled, ‘Man To Man Manpower’ is being held as part of the University's recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event will focus on all forms of intimate partner violence (IPV)," said Cheryl Lang, VAWP's director. "Males are the number-one category of IPV offenders, especially among those aged 16 to 24 -years-old. Therefore, we thought it appropriate to host an event that caters to men in order to inform, enlighten and educate them about domestic violence, what constitutes a DV crime and the resources available through our office or others on how to control and combat these acts of anger with the goal of ultimately stopping the violence." 
Lang explains that the goal of the event is to decrease the potential for young males to perpetuate violence by providing attendees with a tangible educational and interactive experience. It is powered by the Megan Montgomery Foundation with food and door prizes available. The first 50 male attendees get a T-shirt. 
"We invite all men—from high school students, ASU and other college campuses and local male residents - to join us so we may explore together this issue and help decrease domestic violence occurrences,” Lang said.
* 24-hour Crisis Line for DV: 334-229-6767.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.