Chuck Derry Biography
Co-Founder: Gender Violence Institute and the
Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to
Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence
Chuck Derry has worked to end men’s violence against women since 1983. From 1983 to 1993, he worked with male offenders at the St. Cloud Intervention Project in St. Cloud Minnesota and was the men’s program coordinator for six of those years. In 1994, he co-founded the Gender Violence Institute in Clearwater Minnesota and through that organization provides training and technical assistance nationally and internationally on the dynamics of domestic violence, criminal justice system reform, effective coordinated community responses to domestic violence, law enforcement investigations, and rehabilitative programs for men who batter.
Chuck is a Technical Assistance Partner for Praxis International where he provides technical assistance and training for recipients of funding from federal grant programs appropriated through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Since March of 2005, Chuck has contracted with the Minnesota Department of Health to develop strategies for involving Minnesota men and male leaders in the primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence. In collaboration with Men As Peacemakers in Duluth MN, and with the additional support of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, he co-founded the Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Chuck is also a member of the interim steering committee of the North American Men Engage Network (NAMEN). This is a collective effort of men from the United States and Canada, with collaborative connections with men from Mexico, to develop a network of community-based organizations and individuals interested in working with men and boys to promote gender equality in North America. NAMEN is a recent member of the global MenEngage Network.