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ACORN Recovery Programme for Male Survivors of Domestic Abuse

The charity’s team of expert qualified professionals (Independent Domestic Violence Advisers) have created a  Recovery Programme for Male Survivors of Domestic Abuse called ACORN. It is designed to help them:

  • break their cycle of isolation and loneliness they experience,
  • to recognise the impact that domestic abuse has on their children
  • help them move forward with their lives, and,
  • form healthy, respectful and loving relationships in the future

This is an online programme delivered by Zoom, over nine weeks and up to 10 delegates can be accommodated.

This programme has been academically peer reviewed by the UK’s leading experts as well as male survivors.

We are currently funded to deliver this programme in Avon & Somerset, as well as Dorset by the local Police and Crime Commissioner.  It was very well  received in six PCC force areas where it was delivered  in 2021/2022. It can also be delivered in your local area if the funding is made available.

This type of programme is sometimes referred to as a pattern changing course/programme.

Who is it for?

Male survivors of domestic abuse who have left their abusive relationship and want help to move forward with their lives and from healthy, respectful and loving relationships in the future.

Referral Routes  / Access

Access to this programme is  available in Avon & Somerset and Dorset through a referral by a statutory agency (local council, NHS, Police, Armed Forces) or a domestic abuse organisation.

Self-referrals can also be made if you reside in the Avon & Somerset or Dorset PCC areas where this course is funded and is available at no cost for those accessed as suitable to attend.

The course includes a pre-course suitability assessment and a one to one follow up session for each delegate.

Eligibility for the course is at the sole discretion of the charity.

Costs

This course is only available through a funded referral by a statutory agency (local council, NHS, Police, Armed Forces) or a domestic abuse organisation.

Self-referrals can also be made if you reside in Avon & Somerset or Dorset as this programme has been funded by Police and Crime Commissioners in those areas. This course is available at no cost for those accessed as suitable to attend.

For costs and enquiries, please contact training@mankind.org.uk 

Content and Delivery

This nine module programme is for men who have experienced abuse and want to move on to have healthy, respectful relationships in the future.

It will be delivered via Zoom over nine weeks.

Up to 10 delegates can be accommodated.

The course  includes a pre-programme suitability assessment and a one to one follow up session for each delegate.

This is an online programme delivered by Zoom.

The course has been created and is delivered by qualified sector leading professionals (IDVAs & Domestic Abuse Service Manager). It has been academically peer reviewed by the UK’s leading experts as well as male survivors.

Feedback

Feedback from those who have taken part include:

“The presentation is clear and concise with interesting video segments to help convey the message of each session in a way immediately understandable and memorable. The person running the course is very affable and does a good job helping myself and others feel at ease and that we’re in a safe environment where we can relax and discuss our past abuse without judgement.” 

“I have found my time on the course very rewarding and validating. Having been through what I have, it is the best of feelings to know there is a chance of a change, and that hopefully in time both victims and society generally will have a different understanding of male victims of abuse and how and where they are abused.” 

“It was a breath of fresh air to finally feel like I was being listened to and that I had a voice. I was spoken to and treated in a friendly reassuring manner. “

“I would recommend anyone who finds themselves in a similar position to that which I was in, to approach Mankind. As a serviceman, it is all too easy to ‘slope shoulders’ and ‘crack on’, but if you are a victim of DA then the sooner you find help the better and Mankind specialising in male victims, means that they are easily approachable and are able to support far better.” 

Contact and To Find Out More

Please contact training@mankind.org.uk or call 01823 334229.

Email is preferable

ManKind Initiative Domestic Abuse Support Service (MIDASS)

This training has been developed by the ManKind Initiative as part of its specialist Domestic Abuse Support Service (MIDASS)