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Returning Men to Honor: A Guidebook for Developing Intervention and Education Programs for Men Who Batter in Native Communities

General Material
Training Tools
Published Date
January, 2009

This manual by the Minnesota-based organization Mending the Sacred Hoop is a guide for how Native communities can develop Batterer Intervention Programs from the framework that men’s violence against women is based on a belief system rooted in the dynamics of power and control. 

The following frame this intervention education guide:

  • Native women are the highest victimized population in the United States by perpetrators of all races.1

  • Colonization is based in a belief that one group has the right to exert their will over another and use people and resources for their own gain.

  • Violence against women is a social problem that affects individuals, families, and communities (including schools, medical, and judicial institutions), and as such, requires societal change.

  • Domestic and sexual violence is about establishing power and maintaining control.

  • Acculturated values and beliefs have eroded our Indigenous structures and life ways.

  • We have to reclaim our own indigenous teachings on culture and values to create social change in and for our communities.