Dr. Fernando Mederos is the Director of Special Projects—Fatherhood atthe Massachusetts Department of Social Services. His coremission is to increase the Department’s capacity to engagepositively with fathers in a way that is strength-based, isculturally competent, is sensitive to safety and domestic violenceissues, and promotes healthy, nurturing, and respectful engagementwith children and partners. He will be involved inbridge-building between Responsible Fatherhood programs, HealthyMarriage programs, supervised visitation providers and the domesticviolence field within Massachusetts.
He is a practitioner (consultant, writer and trainer) oriented toculturally competent domestic violence intervention and prevention,and he focuses on identifying culturally-based values, models andpractices that are protective against domestic violence and thatpromote respectful and egalitarian relationships between men andwomen.
Dr. Mederos specializes in helping communities develop holistic andculturally competent coordinated community responses to domesticviolence. He brings up to date knowledge of current research and bestpractices in this field. He is also an experienced trainer andspeaker for practitioners and agencies nationally and abroad. Dr.Mederos began working with physically abusive men at Emerge in 1980.In 1989, he co-founded and became Director of Common Purpose, aBoston-based batterer intervention program. In 1995, he left CommonPurpose and devoted himself full time to consulting. Presently, he isa trainer and problem-solving consultant for the Department ofJustice, for the Battered Women's Justice Project, the Vera Instituteand the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. He is co-editorof Programs for menwho batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diversesociety (CivicResearch Institute with Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., 2002) and, throughhis work with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services,published a manual on intervention with physically abusive men in thechild protection caseload in 2004. He co-chairs the National LatinoAlliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.