Free places are now available on a behaviour change programme for men who want help to learn non abusive ways of behaving in their relationships.

The programme has been commissioned by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and is delivered by My Time, an organisation with a wealth of experience working to help men change their controlling or violent behaviours since 2012.

The 30 week programme comprises of weekly 2 hour sessions supporting men to recognise the triggers for abusive behaviours towards current or ex-partners, and providing them with strategies to make positive changes. 

Penny Darlington, Chair of Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, said: “We want to help individuals who are controlling, violent or abusive in their relationships to face up to how their behaviour affects their partner and family, understand what triggers their behaviour, and learn non abusive ways of behaving.

"Taking part in a programme like this can make significant differences to the lives and relationships of all of those involved – including individuals themselves, their partners and/or ex-partners, and any children who may have be affected by their abusive behaviour.

"I would encourage anyone who recognises that they are abusive in their relationships to take that first step towards a better life by enrolling on this programme.”

Men can self refer themselves to the programme, and referrals are also welcomed from any organisation in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.

Prospective participants will be assessed for suitability, will need to acknowledge their abusive behaviour, and demonstrate a willingness to change, as well as give consent for their partner(s) to be contacted during the programme.  

For more information about the programme, please view the My Time Wolverhampton Community DVPP leaflet. To speak to someone directly about making a referral or for more information about the programme, please call My Time on 0121 766 6699. To make a referral complete the My Time Self Referral Form.  

Male and female perpetrators of domestic violence can get help and support through Respect UK – for more information, please call 0808 802 4040 or visit Respect

The perpetrator programme compliments other schemes running in Wolverhampton which also seek to address the root cause of domestic violence and abuse. For more information, please visit Safer Wolverhampton Parternship