New Program Aimed at Training Coaches to Talk with Male Athletes about Healthy Relationships
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) to launch new statewide domestic violence prevention initiative.
On September 17, 2019, Hartford Public High School hosted a press conference announcing the launch of CCADV’s Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) – an innovative, proven model for positively influencing young men and helping prevent domestic violence.
With professional athletes consistently in the news facing accusations of violence against women, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is getting set to address domestic violence prevention and the community response in a new way.
Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men. Because of these relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave, both on and off the field. A national project of Futures Without Violence, CBIM is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates coaches to teach young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength.
Some of the participating coaches and partners spoke about why this program is critical to preventing domestic violence. Speakers included Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, head coach of the Berlin High School football team and CBIM participant; Harry Bellucci, head coach of the Hartford Public High School football team and CBIM participant; Jimmy Nielsen, head coach of Hartford Athletic, CBIM partner and community ambassador; and Debbie Fiske, Kingswood Oxford School Director of Athletics.