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NOW is the Time to Take the Next Step

by Emily Roberts | Apr 18, 2013

Dallas shelter hosts “Training Camp” for men to get involved in fight against domestic violence

April 18, 2013
by Sarah Mervosh
The Dallas Morning News

Piggybacking on the mayor’s anti-domestic violence campaign targeting men, The Family Place shelter is hosting a “Training Camp” Thursday night to teach men the basics about domestic violence and how to help stop it.

It will be the first in a four-part series that aims to give men the tactical tools they need to participate in the fight against domestic violence. The event is at Union Coffee at 5622 Dyer St. in Dallas from 6 to 8 p.m.

The new camp is the shelter’s way of keeping the momentum going after Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ anti-domestic violence rally last month. At least 5,000 men attended the downtown rally, and The Family Place wants to give those men and others an opportunity to get involved.

Executive director Paige Flink hopes “The Next Step Training Camp” will help arm men with the knowledge and resources that will help them go into their communities and make a difference.

“Being well intentioned isn’t enough,” she said. “You have to have the right information to do something that can change the course of a bad situation.”

Lt. Miguel Sarmiento of the Dallas Police Department will share his story during the session Thursday night. A former abuser who has graduated from a batterer’s intervention program will also speak about his journey toward change.

In hearing the former abuser speak, Flink said “some men are going to see some behaviors they may have. They’ll certainly see behaviors that their friends have or their coworkers.”

Men can sign up here if they’d like to attend.

Upcoming sessions will delve into topics like healthy masculinity, positive fatherhood, how to hold abusers accountable and becoming a mentor to young men.

“It’s men who are going to stop and change this issue,” Flink said.

Read more at dallasnews.com.

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