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Men In Progress: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Intergenerational Violence

GLIDE observes October as Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence (IPDVAM) Awareness month to raise visibility about domestic violence and to encourage people to show their commitment to establishing healthy relationships. Violence against women rose to record numbers around the world during COVID-19 lockdowns, diagnosed a ‘shadow pandemic’ by the United Nations. By conservative estimates, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, though many more incidents go unreported.
GLIDE’s Men In Progress (MIP) program provides batterer’s intervention services to offenders who self-identify as male, working to undo generations of learned, destructive and oppressive behavior rooted in male privilege and a male dominated society. Certified by the State of California and led by Program Manager Saundra Haggerty, MIP is employs the Duluth Model, a nationally-recognized paradigm that helps abusers articulate full accountability for their actions; provides a safe space to process trauma and lived experiences; and develop thriving relationships with their partners. “It’s important for people to know that MIP is grounded in the experiences of our female victims. We place accountability for abuse on the male figure,” said Saundra Haggerty, Violence Intervention Programs Manager. “It is hard to break that cycle of intergenerational violence and until someone in that family breaks that cycle it will just continue. Our program is grounded on accountability.” Using the Power and Control wheel from the Duluth model, program participants learn the full, all-encompassing breadth of domestic violence. The counterforce to the Power and Control wheel is the Duluth model’s Equality Wheel, which teaches the men how to cultivate healthy communication skills and constructive ways to process anger. Please watch our video about Men In Progress and don’t hesitate to reach out to Anissa Kent, MIP Program Coordinator, should you wish to learn more. GLIDE conducts new member orientations every Tuesday at 5:00 pm.