What We Do

Men Are Part of the Solution (MAPS) is a unique service that was designed for the region of Thompson, Manitoba

Mission Statement

To provide men with the support and resources to build healthy relationships with their partner, families and communities.

Vision Statement

We believe in the value of both men and women, a community-orientation, and a commitment to non-violence.

MAPS Background

In 1997, a Community Health Needs Assessment initiated by the Burntwood Regional Health Authority found that a majority of residents in Northern Manitoba believe their communities are unsafe and that family violence is a widespread problem. The literature clearly demonstrates the pervasiveness of domestic violence in Canadian society and the devastating psychological, emotional and physical consequences for women and children. According to Statistics Canada, Family Violence in Canada 2008, more than 50% of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse after the age of 16. More than 38,000 cases of spousal violence were reported in Canada in 2006 with almost 85% of the victims being women. Numerous Canadian studies have consistently reported much higher rates of intimate violence against Aboriginal women. Researchers estimate that the costs incurred each year as a direct result of criminal violence against women are well in excess of four billion dollars.

Due to their characteristics (e.g. – remoteness, lack of access to services, social isolation for residents) many communities in Northern Manitoba are at risk of experiencing high rates of domestic violence. Statistics compiled by the Thompson Crisis Centre and the Thompson R.C.M.P. detachment support this. For example, the number of bed nights provided at Thompson Crisis Centre (women and children seeking shelter from a domestic violence situation) increased by almost 25% from 2000/01 to 2001/02 (4351 increased to 5402). Statistics on criminal charges for domestic violence provided by the R.C.M.P. reveal a steady increase from 1998 to 2000 in the Region of Northern Manitoba. Charges increased by 21 % in 2000 when compared with 1999. Male perpetrators comprise the vast majority of those charges with a domestic violence offence.

Over the last eight years a group of concerned citizens has been working in partnership with service providers and others to develop practical solutions to address the problems on domestic violence in Northern Manitoba communities. This work began in earnest in 2000 when the YWCA of Thompson initiated a series of public meetings where community members came together to discuss a strategy for dealing with domestic violence. From this process, a community committee was formed which included representatives from service providers, Aboriginal groups, citizen volunteers, correctional services and labour organizations. Based on the opinions expressed during the public meetings, the community committee concluded that the traditional residual approaches to dealing with domestic violence were not effective. The committee recognized that a new approach was needed: one that embraced an overall preventive focus built on a foundation of increased public awareness and community capacity building.

It was from the community committee that the group “Men Are Part of the Solution” (M.A.P.S.) was formed. M.A.P.S. originated as a group of volunteers dedicated to increasing options for men by developing initiatives to empower them toward healthy alternatives to abuse in their relationships. M.A.P.S. believes that, as the consequences of domestic violence affect entire communities, it is the community that is responsible for providing an environment where true healing can occur. This is not to devalue current approaches to treatment, but rather to emphasize that treatment must occur within a particular context: a context where the community participates in the treatment, service is based on a holistic healing model and where the community will hold men accountable for their abusive behaviour. It is this fundamental philosophy that has, and continues to guide M.A.P.S.’ activity.

Programs & Services

Through our Healthy Relationships program, MAPS will be able to provide support services and resources to improve healthy relationships for men, their partners, families and communities. By providing quality, individualized, group and comprehensive counselling we can change the destructive behaviour rippling through the lives of many families and work towards healthy relationships MAPS is sensitive to cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation issues, as well as to personal and situational difficulties.

Group Counselling

MAPS provides men with the opportunity to address issues and receive support from other men facing similar struggles. Group counselling is the primary service offered.

Individual Counselling

We offer short-term individual counselling to those who attend the group. You and the counsellor will have weekly counselling sessions approximately one hour in length. In this time, you and counsellor will work in steps towards the goal that you have established for yourself.

Community Outreach

MAPS goals are to be preventative, educational, and to promote awareness of certain issues affecting men. MAPS provides community awareness on issues relating to domestic violence, through workshops, presentations, schools and employee relations initiatives. For more information or to book a presentation contact our office at (204) 778-6040 or send us a message.


Through the Healthy relationships program MAPS will gather and analysis data for treatment program design. The research process will be tested on many different levels, with the desired outcome of knowledge, where such learning brings meaning that is valid for all members of the community.

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