“B.R.A.V.E. is an invaluable project, unafraid to tackle the sensitive issue of male violence head on. B.R.A.V.E. tackles stigma and taboo by opening them up to discussion and breaking down barriers which help perpetuate violent behaviours. In doing so B.R.A.V.E. helps men understand and control their anger / rage. By supporting men to stop their violent behaviours B.R.A.V.E.’s work not only impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of its immediate client group, it also helps protect partners and family members, promoting a safe home life where violent behaviour is unacceptable. In fostering this approach B.R.A.V.E. is not only an investment in the men who attend group meetings but also their families and generations to come.”
Professor Alan White of Leeds Metropolitan University (the world’s first professor of men’s health) who has a longstanding interest in BRAVE.
"I have been involved with the Brave project over many years. The work they provide to individuals and their communities is invaluable. Obviously support and care for women who have been subjected to domestic abuse is vitally important and at least we have now a nation wide network of organisations that fulfil some of this need. But I've never understood why we as a society have not been at pains to provide the necessary interventions for the damaged and damaging men at the heart of this problem. It's a total travesty that projects such as Brave are thin on the ground, every community should have somewhere to refer these men but typically there is nowhere for them to go to get the help that, at least those who recognise they have a problem, will benefit so much from. These times of brutal economic realities will inevitably lead to increases in interpersonal violence; it is precisely at such times as these when the existence of such projects is threatened that they are most needed"
Eli Godsi, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, author of “Violence and Society: Making Sense of Madness and Badness” and external clinical advisor to B.R.A.VE: