Messages From Our Leaders

Violence greatly affects and negatively impacts long-term health, wellness, and opportunities and is one of the primary reasons for death and nonfatal injuries in the United States. We must change this narrative in our communities. Join the Fathers Against Violence movement and become an advocate for safer communities.
Dr. Jehoshaphat K. Jones
Dr. Jehoshaphat K. Jones
Acknowledging the pivotal role fathers play in shaping the family and community dynamics, the Fathers Against Violence (FAV) program emerges as a collaborative initiative designed to reduce violence in major metropolitan cities. FAV’s mission is to transform violently impacted neighborhoods into nonviolent prosperity zones where citizens can thrive.
Al Grimes
Al Grimes EEG Family and Early Learner Foundation Board Member

Official Fathers Against Violence Sites

An Official Fathers Against Violence Site is a pivotal hub that spreads the word about the program, represents our common goals to reduce violence, and encourages individual ambassadors to join in this critical effort to educate citizens on methods to improve safety and save lives in their respective neighborhoods.

Fathers Against Violence: Key Strategies for Safer Environments

Five Simple and Dynamic Steps to Incorporate in Homes > Neighborhoods > Communities > Cities

+ 1. Education

Education about violence is crucial for fostering safer communities and promoting personal well-being. First, it enhances awareness among individuals about the different forms of violence, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Such knowledge is pivotal for recognizing early warning signs and preventing escalation.

+ 2. Open Dialogue

Open dialogue is a crucial approach to reducing violence by fostering a communicative environment where individuals feel safe to express their concerns and conflicts. This method promotes transparency and inclusiveness, encouraging dialogue among all stakeholders, including those affected by or at risk of violence.

+ 3. Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution skills play a vital role in reducing violence by equipping individuals with the tools needed to address disputes constructively. Key skills include effective communication, which helps parties articulate their concerns and needs clearly, minimizing misunderstandings that can escalate tensions. Active listening is essential, as it fosters an environment where all participants feel heard and valued, reducing the potential for hostility. Together, these skills not only mitigate conflicts but also promote a culture of mutual respect.

+ 4. Seek Safety

Seeking safety is crucial if you find yourself in a violent situation, as it prioritizes your immediate physical and emotional well-being. Removing yourself from the environment where violence occurs is essential to prevent physical harm and reduce psychological trauma. In situations of violence, finding a safe space, whether it's a friend's house, a family member's home, or a designated shelter, can provide the necessary refuge to assess the situation calmly and securely.

+ 5. Report

Reporting violent incidents is critical for several interconnected reasons. Firstly, it ensures that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions, which can deter future violence and uphold community safety. By initiating legal processes, reporting also aids in delivering justice to victims and prevents offenders from harming others. Additionally, it allows authorities to track and analyze patterns of violence, facilitating the development of targeted prevention strategies and more effective law enforcement responses.