Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Stepping Up: Men's Leadership in the Prevention of Family Violence

When a friend, co-worker, or loved one is being abused by someone, we often feel powerless. What can we do to help? Learn how to speak out in the face of abusive behaviour before, during, or after it happens. Jackson Katz is one of the original architects of the Bystander Approach to sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention. His work in that area was explored in the 2018 film, The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots.

In 1997 he created and directed the first system-wide gender violence prevention program in the U.S. military, and his programs have been implemented in various forms in all of the United States Armed Forces. From 2000-2003 Katz was a member of the groundbreaking U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military. On February 18, The Family Violence Advisory Team & the KMFRC hosted Jackson Katz via MS Team Meeting to talk to you and your family about what we all can do to prevent and stop family violence. 

Jackson Katz, Ph.D. 
Jackson Katz is internationally renowned for his pioneering, scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He has long been a major figure in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. He is the co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the U.S. military. MVP introduced the Bystander Approach to the sexual assault and relationship abuse fields. Katz is a key architect of this broadly popular strategy. He has run MVP Strategies since 1997, which provides sexual harassment and gender violence prevention and leadership training to public and private institutions around the world. Katz has delivered thousands of lectures in all 50 US states, eight Canadian provinces, and every continent except Antarctica. 

He and his work have been featured in the films Tough Guise, Tough Guise 2, The Bystander Moment, and in his most recent documentary The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon To Trump.