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Men Stopping Violence, Inc.
Men Stopping Violence,
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Men Stopping Violence is a social change
organization dedicated to ending men's violence against women.
Organization of the Records
Organized into 4 series:
Series I. Administrative records
Subseries A. Foundation documents
Subseries B. Executive Director
Sub-subseries 1. Kathleen Carlin
Subseries C. Board of Directors
Subseries D. Committees
Subseries E. Reports
Series II. Office files
Subseries A. Financial
Subseries B. Personnel
Subseries C. Correspondence
Subseries D. Development
Subseries E. Grant writing
Subseries F. Forms
Series III. Workshops and programs
Subseries A. Workshops
Subseries B. Programs
Series IV. Printed materials
Scope and Content of the Records
Correspondence, legal documents, minutes and agendas, printed
materials, grant and financial documents make up the records of Men Stopping
Violence (MSV). The records are organized into four series. Series I:
Administrative records, 1984-2003, includes foundation records, the records of
the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, as well as materials
documenting the work of various Men Stopping Violence committees. Series II:
Office files, 1982-2002 documents the day-to day running of the organization,
and includes financial and personnel records, correspondence, development and
grant writing materials, as well as forms used to conduct MSV business. Series
III: Workshops and programs, 1991-2006 includes records about workshops held by
Men Stopping Violence, Inc. and programs presented or attended by members of
Men Stopping Violence. Series IV: Printed materials, 1986-2000, includes news
clippings about Men Stopping Violence and domestic violence, and printed
articles about domestic violence counseling.
History of Men Stopping Violence, Inc.
Founded in 1982, and incorporated in April 1983, Men Stopping
Violence, Inc. (MSV) is a non-profit social change organization dedicated to
ending men's violence against women. Its goal is to spur change at individual,
institutional, and societal levels. MSV works to help men change their abusive
behaviors through group sessions which concentrate on changing patriarchal
values and belief systems that oppress women and children. The organization is
also committed to keeping women safe, using principles developed by the
nationwide network of battered women's shelters, and encourages victims to use
the judicial system to seek protection for themselves and their children. In
addition to classes, MSV works with community organizations, sponsors
workshops, networks with battered women's advocates, trains professionals who
deal with batterers, influences public policy decisions, works with employers
to create safer workplaces, and advances theory in the field through writing
and speaking. Manuals, news journal, training, and consultation are offered
nationally, and other programs are local to Atlanta and the region.
Men Stopping Violence was the brainchild of Richard (Dick) Bathrick, a
social worker and marriage counselor, and Gus Kaufman, a clinical psychologist.
In the early 1980s Bathrick and Kaufman began a batterers' group in Atlanta,
and were soon after hired by Kathleen Carlin, a social worker who was directing
the Cobb County YWCA Women's Resource Center, to run a group for court mandated
batterers. Carlin and advocate Leigh Ann Peterson supervised the work. In 1982,
Carlin left the YWCA to become the founding director of Men Stopping Violence.
In 1996, after a six-month battle with lung cancer, Carlin passed away.
Subsequently, a planning committee, comprised of board members, staff, women's
advocate consultants and the community at-large, recommended a new
organizational structure to support programmatic and administrative functions.
In 1998 Dick Bathrick and Ulester Douglas were appointed Co-Executive
Directors; a two-woman consultancy was set up, and a new by-law was
established, requiring that women constitute a majority on the Board of
Directors. In 2003, Shelley Serdahely became Executive Director, allowing
Douglas and Bathrick to return to programatic leadership roles.
Men Stopping Violence, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous awards,
including the BOND Community Star 's 1990 Community Service Award. In 1994 MSV
was awarded a $258,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention's Violence Against Women Project (one of 4 awarded nationwide as a
result of the federal Crime Bill), to conduct a five year study to examine the
ways law enforcement deals with men who batter women.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Men Stopping Violence,
Advocates for battered
women (Atlanta, GA)
Restrictions on Access
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departmental policies on reproduction.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], [series title], Men Stopping Violence, Inc.
records, W066, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia
State University, Atlanta.
Donated by Richard Bathrick, Director of Programs, Men Stopping
Violence, Inc., February 2006.
Processed by Morna Gerrard, 2006.
Related materials in this repository:
Other collections that highlight domestic violence prevention include
the records of the Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children (W049) and
the GSU Power of Women Clothesline Project collection (W057).
Separated material: During processing,
printed material was separated to Women's Printed Collections. See List of
Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.