We are delighted to announce that our project, Make a Change, is growing to support more people than ever before. Continuing its delivery across Lincolnshire, the project will also expand to provide support across three new areas: Trafford, Sunderland and Durham.

Developed by Respect in partnership with Women’s Aid Federation of England (WAFE), and designed to complement the Women’s Aid Change That Lasts approach, Make a Change is designed to provide a community-wide and early response to domestic abuse perpetration.

MAC’s aims are to: 

  • Intervene with abusive behaviour at an earlier stage than is typical, before it becomes entrenched and intervention is mandated by family court, criminal justice and/or children’s social care processes; 
  • In so doing, improve the safety and wellbeing of adult and child survivors of domestic abuse; 
  • Encourage communities, including friends, family members, professionals and other agencies, to see themselves as part of the solution to domestic abuse, and empower them to take action to address it; 
  • Reduce the wider societal and financial impact of abusive behaviour. 

To achieve these aims, MAC provides:

  • Interventions for those using abusive behaviours in their intimate or previously intimate relationships
  • Support for their partners and/or ex-partners
  • Community outreach
  • Workforce development to improve professional responses to domestic abuse perpetration. 

Key to the success of this project is partnership working; therefore, in areas where a

Respect-accredited domestic abuse perpetrator service is already available, Make a Change will work to enhance existing delivery. Make a Change wrap-around sites still engage with communities, support those using abusive behaviours, their partners/ex-partners and offer training to professionals.
We can now confirm that the full Make a Change programme will be available in:

  • Lincolnshire (delivered by the Jenkins Centre and SOLDAS); and 
  • Trafford (delivered by TLC: Talk, Listen, Change and TDAS). 

And that the Make a Change wrap-around programme will be available in:

  • Sunderland (delivered by Impact Family Services and Wearside Women In Need); and
  • Durham (delivered by Harbour)

For more information on the model and to get in touch


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