Engaging Men and Youth Program [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The Engaging Men and Youth Program is the U.S. Department of Justice grant program created by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) to fund projects that develop or enhance new or existing efforts to engage men and youth in preventing crimes of violence against women with the goal of developing mutually respectful, nonviolent relationships. The program aims to assist programs related to engaging men and youth in preventing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Grant under the program is awarded to develop or enhance community based programs, including gender-specific programs in accordance with applicable laws that encourage children and youth to pursue nonviolent relationships and reduce their risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Grant is also used to create public education campaigns and community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent violence against women and girls conducted by entities that have experience in conducting public education campaigns that address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.