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Men Stopping Violence, Inc. records

Identifier: W066

Scope and Content of the Records

Correspondence, legal documents, minutes and agendas, printed materials, grant and financial documents make up the records of Men Stopping Violence (MSV). The records are organized into four series. Series I: Administrative records, 1984-2003, includes foundation records, the records of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, as well as materials documenting the work of various Men Stopping Violence committees. Series II: Office files, 1982-2002 documents the day-to-day running of the organization, and includes financial and personnel records, correspondence, development and grant writing materials, as well as forms used to conduct MSV business. Series III: Workshops and programs, 1991-2006 includes records about workshops held by Men Stopping Violence, Inc. and programs presented or attended by members of Men Stopping Violence. Series IV: Printed materials, 1986-2000, includes news clippings about Men Stopping Violence and domestic violence, and printed articles about domestic violence counseling.


  • Creation: 1982-2006


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of Men Stopping Violence, Inc.

Founded in 1982, and incorporated in April 1983, Men Stopping Violence, Inc. (MSV) is a non-profit social change organization dedicated to ending men's violence against women. Its goal is to spur change at individual, institutional, and societal levels. MSV works to help men change their abusive behaviors through group sessions which concentrate on changing patriarchal values and belief systems that oppress women and children. The organization is also committed to keeping women safe, using principles developed by the nationwide network of battered women's shelters, and encourages victims to use the judicial system to seek protection for themselves and their children. In addition to classes, MSV works with community organizations, sponsors workshops, networks with battered women's advocates, trains professionals who deal with batterers, influences public policy decisions, works with employers to create safer workplaces, and advances theory in the field through writing and speaking. Manuals, news journal, training, and consultation are offered nationally, and other programs are local to Atlanta and the region.

Men Stopping Violence was the brainchild of Richard (Dick) Bathrick, a social worker and marriage counselor, and Gus Kaufman, a clinical psychologist. In the early 1980s Bathrick and Kaufman began a batterers' group in Atlanta, and were soon after hired by Kathleen Carlin, a social worker who was directing the Cobb County YWCA Women's Resource Center, to run a group for court mandated batterers. Carlin and advocate Leigh Ann Peterson supervised the work. In 1982, Carlin left the YWCA to become the founding director of Men Stopping Violence. In 1996, after a six-month battle with lung cancer, Carlin passed away. Subsequently, a planning committee, comprised of board members, staff, women's advocate consultants and the community at-large, recommended a new organizational structure to support programmatic and administrative functions. In 1998 Dick Bathrick and Ulester Douglas were appointed Co-Executive Directors; a two-woman consultancy was set up, and a new by-law was established, requiring that women constitute a majority on the Board of Directors. In 2003, Shelley Serdahely became Executive Director, allowing Douglas and Bathrick to return to programatic leadership roles.

Men Stopping Violence, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the BOND Community Star's 1990 Community Service Award. In 1994 MSV was awarded a $258,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Violence Against Women Project (one of 4 awarded nationwide as a result of the federal Crime Bill), to conduct a five year study to examine the ways law enforcement deals with men who batter women.


3.36 Linear Feet (in 8 boxes)

Language of Materials



Men Stopping Violence is a social change organization dedicated to ending men's violence against women.


Organized into 4 series: I. Administrative records (5 subseries), II. Office files (6 subseries), Series III. Workshops and programs (2 subseries) IV. Printed materials.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Richard Bathrick, Director of Programs, Men Stopping Violence, Inc., February and March 2006.

Separated Materials

During processing, pamphlets were separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals.

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals)

  1. Uptake: A Journal for Ending Men's Violence Against Women (Atlanta, GA: men Stopping Violence, Inc.), January 1994; Vol. 1, No. 2, July 1994; Issue No. 3, January 1995; Issue No. 4, July 1995; No.5, January 1996; July 1996; Winter/Spring 1997; Summer/Fall 1997; Winter/Spring 1998; Summer/Fall 1998; Winter/Spring 1999; Summer/Fall 1999; Fall 2000; Winter 2001; Summer 2001
  2. Domestic Violence Report (Kingston, N.J.: Civic Research Institute), Vol. 7, No. 2, December/January 2002


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Processing Information

Processed by Morna Gerrard at the item level, 2006.

Men Stopping Violence, Inc.:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
9 June 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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