Police statistics show that more than 90% of suspects and more than 97% of people serving prison sentences, including for acts of violence, are male – adults and minors. When the problem of crime is analysed according to gender, there is no question that even at an early stage, boys commit violence or get into trouble with the law much more frequently. Violence committed by boys against other boys and girls is justified by many stereotypes and messages conveyed in the community as a normal means of coping, and this condemns conduct based on empathy and collaboration. In Poland, there are no schemes intended for boys to help them understand the mechanisms in which they could be caught up by acting according to the male stereotype, formed around violence, aggression, and dominance.
The project comprises measures that centre around creating and developing a method of raising awareness of violence prevention issues, aimed at boys of school age. The basic precepts for this method will be reviewed by a team of experts, who will also devise a training program for future trainers in the method. In the Violence Prevention Trainer School SZTAMA, sixteen men will develop their workshop skills, and then conduct workshops for almost 100 boys. In addition, under the campaign Sixteen days of Violence Prevention trainers will organise four events in their local communities. As part of the project, a handbook will be produced for people who complete the School’s courses, and this will be a basis for developing the method. The best practices followed in other countries will be also descibed in a report. The project envisages 5 webinars with international experts on masculinity and men’s roles in preventing gender-based violence. The project will be summarised at a conference to promote the project results and raise awareness amongst boys. The conference will be accompanied with the start of a Coalition for supporting awareness of violence prevention for boys.