In November 2016 Stop Abuse for Everyone teamed up with A Call to Men UK to bring their ‘Making Good Men: A Call to Educators’ conference to Devon. Over 100 delegates attended and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Even better, there were many men who chose to participate. There was also a clear call for action from many who attended to do more to engage boys and men in violence prevention. We agreed to invite interested delegates to get back together, men, women and non-binary* people to do more. On the 20th July we held our first ‘Allies Against Abuse Devon Network’.

Why engage boys and men?

Violence against women and girls continues to be a problem in communities across the UK and around the world. While the majority of men do not use or condone violence, overwhelmingly it is men who hurt women, girls and non-binary people. Yet prevention efforts to reduce men’s violence have often focused on women and girls and how not to become a victim. This is problematic and not surprisingly many men and women perceive violence against women as a women’s issue. We believe that men's violence against women and girls needs to be approached as also a men’s issue; as everyone's issue.

It is through work with men and boys that we can end violence against women.

Broad Objectives for the Network

  • Engage men and boys as allies with women, girls and non-binary people in prevention strategies.
  • Raise community awareness of the problem and how we can change it.
  • Engage diverse communities, workplaces and organisations in violence prevention strategies and projects.
  • Engage men in positions of power and leadership as allies.
  • Respectfully challenge behaviours and attitudes that are supportive of violence within the network and our spheres of influence.
  • Disseminate information through the network on how we can prevent violence.

Read more about our network and what informs our purpose and activities


*Describes any gender identity which does not fit the male and female binary.