Mothers, sisters and daughters are victims of domestic violence. Wives, live-in partners and girlfriends are victims of domestic violence. Teenagers are victims of dating violence.

Throughout history, it’s been women at the forefront for change at the grassroots level and at our nation’s capital as they marched for police, the courts and the government to pass and enforce laws to prevent and intervene in family violence.

Where are the male voices? Why aren’t men involved in preventing domestic violence? Will men listen to men? “Now, when it comes to men and male culture, the goal is to get men who are not abusive to challenge men who are,” Jackson Katz said at TEDxFiDiWomen. He continued, “We need more men with the guts, with the courage, with the strength, with the moral integrity to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them.”

Will men in Virginia speak out against domestic violence?

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator and therapist. She lives in Ohio. Contact Melissa at