A Call to Men

A Call to Men is a national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. They aim to shift social norms that negatively impact the culture and promote a more healthy and respectful definition of manhood. They operate with the belief that preventing domestic and sexual violence is primarily the responsibility of men. Their vision is to shift social norms that define manhood and create a world where women and girls are valued and safe.

Tony Porter and Ted Bunch
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Program Name Level of Evidence Format Target Audience Special Features
A Call to Men
  • In-person Workshop
  • Presentation
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate Students
This program is designed for male-identified students.

A Call to Men offers numerous programming options. The following is a sample of what is most relevant to colleges and universities. For a complete list, please consult their website.

Keynote Presentations, Training and Consultation: These services include introductory workshops, multi-day training sessions, long range and ongoing community initiatives and customized programming.

Training Institute: 2-day training designed to provide advanced education and skills building for up to 125 men, women and young adults to better engaging men and boys (in their communities) to prevent domestic and sexual assault.


The number of their sessions and length vary depending on the needs of the client.


A Call to Men offers several options: keynote presentations, training and consultation for individuals or groups, and more extensive collaborations. How to administer the program varies depending on which option an administrator chooses (see below for detailed descriptions of program options). Most universities bring A Call to Men to campus to engage in a "campus initiative," an interactive lecture that examines the nature of sexual violence and gender stereotypes.

Population Served

College men, high school men, adolescent men. Note: the program is aimed towards men, but also has programming that includes women.

Theoretical Basis For Approach

A Call to Men believes that the underlying causes of violence and discrimination against women are rooted in the ways women and girls have been traditionally viewed and treated in our society. It works under the assumption that most men in society are well-meaning and do not want to abuse or sexually assault women, but that in our society all men (on some level) are socialized to devalue women, treat women as objects and as the "property of men." Thus, it provides men and boys with tools, practical methods and strategies to understand the impact of our society on their own attitudes towards women, and how to positively address these social issues.

The program also raises awareness of the importance of bystander intervention and of what well-meaning men who do not batter or sexually assault women have in common with those who do. The program recognizes that individuals certainly need to be held accountable for abusive and violent behavior, but also understands that violence and discrimination against women and girls is a larger social ill requiring a social response, a response that needs to come from men.

Program Effectiveness

There are no peer-reviewed studies of A Call to Men's impact on attitudes toward rape, bystander efficacy, or any of the traditional measures of program effectiveness.


A Call to Men has worked with numerous colleges and universities, including:

  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Morehouse College
  • St. Joseph's University
  • University of Albany
  • University of California, Berkeley

Cost varies based on several factors, including the services requested. CDs, DVDs, and booklets are available for individual purchase.