Twenty-eight people, representing eight state coalitions and ten community-based organizations dedicated to the work of ending men’s violence against women, gathered recently in Atlanta for the first installment of the Training Institute for Mobilizing Men (TIMM).

Guided by social change organizations Men Stopping Violence and A Call To Men, TIMM is a 2-year technical assistance program that helps statewide family violence coalitions to support and inspire men’s nonviolence in their communities. With funding and counsel from the Office on Violence Against Women, TIMM creates a unique opportunity to partner state coalitions, which have national influence and access to a broad range of resources, with local, grassroots organizers, who bring an essential perspective to effective nonviolence work.

The gathering, which took place in early March, was the first of two four-day trainings for the TIMM participants. In addition to the trainings, TIMM supports this collaborative effort through quarterly conference calls, a TIMM participant listserv, and bi-monthly technical assistance calls.

The eight participating state coalitions are: Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. Some of the participating community-based groups are the Milwaukee Women’s Center (WI), the Family Refuge Center (WV), Batterer Intervention Services Coalition (MI), Dominion Family Services (MI), the Morgantown Police Department (WV), Not Tonight DV Peace, Inc. (NC), and Men Against Violence at North Texas University (TX).