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Men's group
Date: ca. 1988
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Dimensions: Image (top left): 6 9/16 x 9 7/8 in. (16.7 x 25.1 cm) Paper (top left): 7 3/8 x 10 in. (18.7 x 25.4 cm) Image (top right): 6 9/16 x 9 7/8 in. (16.7 x 25.1 cm) Paper (top right): 7 3/8 x 10 in. (18.7 x 25.4 cm) Image (bottom left): 6 9/16 x 9 7/8 in. (16.7 x 25.1 cm) Paper (bottom left): 7 3/4 x 10 in. (19.7 x 25.4 cm) Image (bottom right): 6 9/16 x 9 5/8 in. (16.7 x 24.4 cm) Paper (bottom right): 7 3/4 x 10 in. (19.7 x 25.4 cm) Mount (with mat): 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of the Gang Family Fund, 2003
Description: Experts who study violence against women say that men beat women because they can. Yet, most men remain nonviolent with intimate female partners over the course of their lifetimes. Why do some men become violent while others do not? How can future generations learn that love has nothing to do with being hit? With new laws and long-term programs such as manalive (a batterers' intervention program based on the West Coast) in place to apprehend, arrest, and jail batterers, jail and prison programs for incarcerated batterers have become an essential and local component in the justice system's growing support for federal and state intervention trying to end men's violence against women. The success of manalive's male-role belief system and peer advocacy intervention model is seen in data collected by the California state prison system from the program in San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco. According to studies from a seven-year-old 1st and 2nd State Batterer Intervention program, men with some exposure had a state prison recidivism of 51.92%. Whereas men who completed the first sixteen weeks of the program returned to the state prison system at a rate of 18.69%. The importance of intervention programs like manalive is that they teach men how to stop their own violent, controlling behavior, to become active in their communities, and to show their sons, as well as other men, that a real man is responsible for his own actions.
Accession Number: 467.2003