The MENS Program is an 11-week parent education program that helps fathers make the connection between the violence they experienced in their own families of origin and the violence they are exhibiting in their current family. Through group discussions focused on how domestic violence affects children, fathers learn how domestic violence is passed from generation to generation.
In addition to providing education related to domestic violence, the MENS Program focuses on helping fathers create and strengthen nurturing relationships with their children. The course offers information regarding communication skills, anger management, positive discipline and age-appropriate expectations of children. In relatively small groups, fathers participate in discussions emphasizing the crucial role that fathers play in the lives of their children and ways in which they can interact with their children to help them live lives free from the cycle of abuse.