Messages From Our Leaders

By featuring documentaries of fathers directly impacted by violence and those who exemplify nonviolent behaviors, the Fathers Against Violence program aims to inspire families to adopt and reinforce nonviolent practices within their own families.
Dr. Jehoshaphat K. Jones
Dr. Jehoshaphat K. Jones EEG Family and Early Learner Foundation Board Member | Managing Partner
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
+ 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. Furthermore, this type of education equips individuals with the necessary skills to respond effectively, whether by intervening safely, supporting victims, or seeking help. Additionally, it helps in breaking the cycle of violence by challenging societal norms and behaviors that perpetuate abuse. Through informed discussions and learning, communities can develop better strategies for prevention and support, leading to broader social changes and a reduction in violence rates.

+ 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. By enabling open discussions about personal and communal issues, Open dialogue helps prevent misunderstandings and resentments from escalating into physical or verbal aggression. Additionally, it empowers participants to develop empathy and understanding, which are essential in addressing the root causes of violence and implementing sustainable solutions. In environments where open dialogue is practiced, communities can achieve more harmonious interactions and proactive conflict resolution, significantly decreasing violence.

+ 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. Negotiation skills enable individuals to find compromises and solutions that are acceptable to all involved, promoting peaceful outcomes. Emotional regulation is critical in managing personal feelings and reactions, which helps maintain a calm approach during conflicts. Finally, problem-solving abilities encourage creative and cooperative ways to resolve issues, preventing them from devolving into violent encounters. Together, these skills not only mitigate conflicts but also promote a culture of peace and mutual respect.

+ 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. Additionally, contacting emergency services or local support organizations can offer professional assistance and protection. These actions not only safeguard your health but also set the groundwork for addressing the violence through appropriate legal and social channels. It is important to remember that prioritizing your safety is not an act of cowardice but a necessary step in preserving your well-being and seeking a resolution to the violent circumstances.

+ 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. Reporting also plays a vital role in gathering accurate crime statistics, which are essential for informed policy-making and resource allocation. Furthermore, it connects victims with essential support services, including medical care, psychological counseling, and legal assistance, supporting their recovery and empowerment.