Engaging men and women as allies: a workplace curriculum module to challenge gender norms about domestic violence, male bullying and workplace violence and encourage ally behavior

Work. 2012;42(1):107-13. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1334.


This post-hoc analysis discusses a replicable workplace behavior change module called Men and Women As Allies, that was designed and implemented by a team of labor, management and community anti-violence educators at a private sector telecommunications employer. A job site-specific educational seminar linked issues of domestic violence to male bullying and workplace violence. It challenged social stereotypes about gender, taught skills to engage ally peer behavior and provided information on how to seek assistance from union, workplace and external community resources.

MeSH terms

  • Bullying*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Curriculum*
  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Labor Unions / organization & administration
  • Male
  • Masculinity
  • Models, Psychological
  • Occupational Health / education*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Private Sector
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Participation / psychology*
  • Social Responsibility
  • Telecommunications / organization & administration
  • Violence / prevention & control*
  • Workplace / psychology*