Two men, who had been abusers of their female partners and had stopped, met in Johannesburg in October 2005. They had an important thing in common. They had a problem that was theirs and nobody else’s.

They had taken concrete steps to prevent it happening again and had a desire to share this with other men. Founding member and author of Running to Stand Still, Bearnard O’Riain, discovered that there were no support groups in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg for men struggling with abusive behaviour and so he started the support group called Men Understanding Respect And Love or M.U.R.A.L. in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2005.

MURAL is open to men of all ages, race, religious groups and backgrounds and aims to support willing men in their recovery by providing a safe and non-judgmental environment for open and honest discussion without condoning abusive behaviour, promote rediscovering their self-worth and encouraging continuous positive change through accountability and responsibility.

MURAL recognise that there are three stages to recovery and requires all members to acknowledge that:

  • There is a problem,
  • It is their problem and theirs alone,
  • A need for concrete steps to stop.


MURAL meets are held every fortnight on a Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the Bryanston Methodist Church premises, Grosvenor Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

In 2013 MURAL will kick-off its new short courses specifically developed to assist men to understand what abuse is, identifying the causes and triggers, presenting coping techniques and promoting development of communication skills.

For further details please contact:

  • Bearnard – 082 342 2864
  • Ben – 0794901820
  • Mauritz – 082 828 1287


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