Thursday, November 15, 2012
at The William and Ida Friday Center – 6pm to 9pm
100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) takes time each year to recognize men across the state who share in our vision of ending violence against women. The Men for Change Award Banquet acknowledges the work of men who are committed to this movement. On this 8th annual event, NCCADV will honor those who have made significant contributions and inspire new leadership for our future.
This year, the event will offer a three course meal, hor d’ourves and ample opportunities to network and socialize. Each year at the Men for Change event, the memorial canvas is unveiled, created by artist Gina Livingston Murray. This beautiful painting memorializes the victims of domestic violence homicides in our state for the year. Neil Irvin, executive director of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) based in Washington D.C., will be the keynote speaker, addressing the importance of mobilizing men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. Neil has been working with Men Can Stop Rape since 2001 and focuses on leading the organization’s national work, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies and private and corporate foundations. MCSR’s award-winning youth development program, Men of Strength was named one of the most promising “50 Strategies to Prevent Violent Domestic Crime” by the National Crime Prevention Council. “We are excited for the opportunity to bring Neil Irvin to North Carolina and to build on our partnership with Men Can Stop Rape by supporting the expansion of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project into our state,” states Beth Froehling, NCCADV executive director.
Through a statewide nomination process open to the public, NCCADV received five nominations for men who are changing communities through their dedication to end violence against women. Larry Gene Hamlett, a former County Commissioner in Caswell County was described by the person that nominated him as “a great example to men in our community. He supports the local domestic violence shelter and performs yard maintenance work, helping at fundraisers and anything else we asked him to help with.” A colleague of Dr. Robert Pleasants nominated him for the Men for Change Award based on his lifelong dedication to preventing violence against women during undergraduate, graduate and now a full-time position at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Pleasants educates the UNC-CH campus through two training programs, HAVEN and One Act, campus initiatives to increase support for student survivors of interpersonal violence (stalking, abusive relationships, and sexual assault) and to further the university’s efforts to prevent interpersonal violence. As a witness of domestic violence growing up, Lieutenant Rodney Hardy of Southern Pines was praised and nominated as “the ultimate success story.” Instead of continuing the cycle of abuse, Hardy has become an unyielding advocate for women who have suffered similar traumatic abuse as his mother did. He serves as a certified Victim Advocate through the North Carolina Victims Assistance Network and is also a member of the Moore County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault task force. Rick Houston is committed to ending violence against women since starting as a volunteer at EVOLVE, a local community coordinated response team in Wilmington, NC. In his role as a pastor, he has worked with his congregation to model the leadership that is necessary to prevent domestic violence. He has also created a curriculum for working with pastors and congregations to address domestic violence and has presented coursework across the state.. And lastly, Reverend Terrence Leathers from Clayton, NC, was nominated by one of his clergy members. Reverend Leathers works closely with our partner coalition, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) on their Engaging Men Rites of Passage Program, an education and training curriculum designed to foster healthy masculinity and non-violence in African American males between the ages of 13-17. He is a revered member of the community and serves as an example of healthy masculinity to the youth in his community.
The winner of the Men for Change Award will be chosen by a committee of former nominees, previous winners, NCCADV board members and key staff and will be announced at the event. Last year’s recipient Peter Romary, Director of Student Legal Services at Eastern Carolina University, will present this year’s award. Tickets are available for purchase online.
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) is a statewide non-profit membership organization providing support services to local domestic violence agencies and allied professionals. NCCADV was founded in 1981 and provides training and technical assistance to 90 domestic violence programs throughout the state of North Carolina. The purpose of NCCADV is to strengthen the network of people working to end domestic violence in NC. NCCADV also advocates to improve statewide policies and legislation to positively impact the lives of victims of domestic violence and their children.