The organization came into existence in response to a small advertisement by journalist C.Y.Gopinath, in the 'Indian Express' daily and its sister publications in September 1991 which called for men "who feel that wives are not for battering and they could do something to stop or prevent it".

It is out of this advertisement, (to which 205 men from all walks of life had responded) an organization has been born and taken shape in the last 22years. The organization has women members as well.

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) was formed in March 1993 to deconstruct masculinity, help men break out of their dominant masculine image and help form an equal society that would regard women with respect.