Professor Callaghan said: “Domestic abuse interventions often focus on victims, and overlook the importance of changing the behaviours of those individuals who use violence in their intimate relationships.
“Interventions that are available for perpetrators tend to focus on individuals who are court-mandated to attend. Make a Change is different, offering an opportunity to reach out for help much earlier on in the process.”
Make a Change has been inspired by the charities’ Change That Lasts programme, which responds to the needs of survivors.
It is funded by the Police Transformation Fund and supported by the Office of Police Commissioner in Lincolnshire and Sussex, where the pilot sites are located.
It will be delivered by charities Rise in Sussex and SoLDAS in Lincolnshire, who will support survivors of domestic abuse, and English-wide charity Cranstoun, which will deliver both group and one-to-one work with perpetrators as well as supporting work with organisations and communities to raise awareness of the issues.