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Sunday, March 1, 2009

[NC] Ex-Deputy calls men to stop domestic violence

...He said he wants to plant the seeds for change that men should be protectors and not controllers...

February 27, 2009
[Excerpts] In the early 1970’s, in Los Angles County California, a reserve sheriff’s deputy named Joe Marinello responded to a call where a woman had been beaten by her husband. She refused to file charges. Deputy Marinello was called back to that same home 2 more times that night. On the last time, the man had stabbed his wife to death. It changed Marinello's life. Nearly 40 years later, he's working hard in Charlotte to get men to stop domestic violence. Inside a lecture hall at UNC Charlotte, professor Joe Marinello teaches criminal justice students. His passion is understanding and ending domestic violence. "Domestic violence is a social cancer,” he said. He said it's a disease that's slowly killing society, and for too long women have led the movement alone to try to stop it. “Men have to come out of the shadows and admit that we are the primary perpetrators against women, children, and other men,” he said. Marinello, the father of six daughters, started advocating years ago for men to be part of the solution. In 2004, he started a domestic violence course at the university, in part, to raise awareness for the next generation... Marinello is also reaching out to teach boys and girls in middle and high schools about respect in relationships. He said he wants to plant the seeds for change that men should be protectors and not controllers. “I want men to understand that there are resources out there for them, there is help," he said. Marinello counsels batterers, and he's on the domestic violence advocacy board... [Full article here]

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice

...His many accomplishments as a Program Developer and Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Corrections, a Facilitator for the Mecklenburg County NOVA Program, an educator for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and a “Qualified Mental Health Professional” provides valuable insight to his students. Beside his vast experience he involves himself in the community with a program entitled Men for Change and is the educational coordinator for a project named “Coaching Boys Into Men”. [Full item here]

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