Engaging Men Project

What helps men prevent domestic violence?

The Engaging Men Project is identifying ways to help increase men’s involvement in research and activities to prevent domestic violence.

What can you do?

We need your help to reflect on factors that can help men become involved in preventing domestic violence.

Who can take part?

Anyone who identifies as a man and who is 18 or older with access to a computer and an email address.

What do I need to do to participate?

Please email Raglan Maddox (raglan.maddox@canberra.edu.au), and we will give you access to the project website through an email. Once there, you will be asked to participate in two short exercises that will help us to better understand the information that other men have provided. This should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Will you know who I am?

No, the only contact information we need from you is an email address so we can send you the link to the website and a token of our appreciation. This will be kept separate from your answers and you will not be identified. We will never ask for your name or other identifying information.

Will I receive anything for my time?

In exchange for your time, we will send you a token of our appreciation in the form of a gift card (up to $15 CAD).

Who will benefit?

We need to better understand how to build safer communities for our loved ones, including how to better reach all men and all of our communities. This project will help us work with men to address domestic violence.

Who are we?

We are a small partnership of researchers and advocates led by the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ont. Canada and by White Ribbon. The research team includes:

Dr. Raglan Maddox



Dr. Raglan Maddox is the youngest of three siblings, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Well Living House, Centre for Urban Health Solutions and a White Ribbon Ambassador. Raglan has a public health background and a variety of experiences and roles in Canada, Australia and abroad. Raglan’s work and research in community has helped to evaluate, inform and improve community health programs at the grass roots level.

Jonathan Grove

Jonathan Grove (M.A.) spent a decade as an anti-sexism and campus
violence prevention expert focusing on increasing the participation of men
not historically involved. More recently, his academic work looks at White Appalachian men’s strategies to survive poverty and stigma to better understand how they are natural partners in struggles for social justice.


Across Canada and around the world, violence and particularly domestic violence is an increasing health concern.

The Canadian General Social Survey (2009) recognised that 6% of Canadian women with current or past spousal relationships had experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner within the last five years, with higher rates found among women who were unmarried but had dating partners (Sinha, 2013a, 2013b).

Data from the US found 1 in 7 women had been injured, 1 in 10 women had missed work or school, and 1 in 5 had feared for their safety because of domestic violence or stalking; among men, these same figures were roughly 1 in 25 (Black et al., 2011).

While we know about how common and damaging domestic violence is, we know relatively little about how to partner with men to help prevent it. This is where you and the Engaging Men Project can help.

We are using a participant-driven planning approach to understand what helps men to be involved in preventing domestic violence.

The information from this project will be used to make and prioritize strategies to work and partner with men and communities to address domestic violence.

For more information

If you have any questions or require any further information, you can email raglan.maddox@canberra.edu.au or call us on ph: 864-6060 x77386; or cell 647 535 9877


Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., . . . Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Retrieved from Atlanta, GA. Full Summary Report

Butera, K. J. (2006). Manhunt: The Challenge of Enticing Men to Participate in a Study on Friendship. Qualitative Inquiry, 12(6), 1262-1282. doi:10.1177/1077800406288634. Full Article

Grove, J. (2012). Engaging Men Against Violence. In G. Kirk & M. Okazawa-Rey (Eds.), Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives (6 ed.): McGraw-Hill.

Oliffe, J., & Mróz, L. (2005). Men interviewing men about health and illness: ten lessons learned. The Journal of Men’s Health & Gender, 2(2), 257-260. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmhg.2005.03.007. Link to Article

Sinha, M. (2013a). Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2011. Juristat: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, 1-92. Full Report

Sinha, M. (2013b). Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends. Retrieved from Ottawa, CA. Link to Stats Can Data

Velonis, A. (in press). “He Never Did Anything You Typically Think of as Abuse”: Experiences with Violence in Controlling and Non-Controlling Relationships in a Non-Agency Sample of Women. Violence Against Women. Full Article