40 Stories for 40 Years: Mike Rawlings

by Emily Roberts | Dec 21, 2018

Following a string of horrific family violence homicides in 2013, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings launched a citywide initiative to end family violence—the Men Against Abuse campaign. We’re proud to have worked closely with Mayor Rawlings not only on the initial launch that rallied more than 5,000 men to Dallas City Hall, but also on ongoing family violence initiatives.

The campaign calls on men to take a pledge and commit to speaking out against domestic violence. Mayor Rawlings has promoted the campaign at dozens of events, with support from current and former Dallas Cowboys, The Dallas Morning News, religious leaders and radio DJs. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people have been exposed to the mayor's important message, and more than 25,000 men have taken the Men Against Abuse pledge.

“From the time I joined the fight against domestic violence with the Men Against Abuse campaign to the launch of our first Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force report, and until today, The Family Place has been an instrumental partner in the development of a locally led and coordinated approach to tackling domestic violence in our city,” Mayor Rawlings said. “The Family Place has always stepped up where there are gaps – whether it be through opening additional facilities to serve more victims, like the Ann Moody Place and the first male shelter last year, or working to shift the culture to prevent domestic violence through community education and its Battering Intervention & Prevention Program. On behalf of the City of Dallas, thanks to The Family Place for its vision, leadership and dedication over the past 40 years.”