Bridging to Change is a Manchester-based service for perpetrators of domestic violence and their partners or ex-partners.
Bridging to Change is a Domestic Abuse Service promoting the safety of victims (both adult and children) affected by domestic violence and abuse, mainly by working with those who perpetrate the abuse.
We are committed to safe, healthy and happy relationships. We have a variety of services available, delivered by a dedicated, experienced and progressive department. We work with perpetrators of domestic abuse on behaviour change programmes and offer full integrated victim and survivors support including children's and young people's support.
We hold a full Respect Accreditation and are one of 14 UK sites to have gained this. Full accreditation involves being assessed against every one of the 94 requirements in this Standard. We also work with the WWP-EN European Network on UK and European research on domestic violence.
The Bridging to Change intervention was one of eleven Respect accredited programmes which were the sites for the Mirabal Research Project. This was the biggest domestic abuse-related research project in the UK to date, spanning 3 years.
The research looked at the effectiveness of Domestic Violence Prevention Programmes (DVPPs) and how they impact on the safety of victims. One of the important conclusions for us was the evidence it provided that the way we work – with an integrated support service for victims alongside our work with perpetrators – is effective and safe for a majority of our clients.
Read more about domestic abuse and our services below.
Please note that we are not an emergency service and if you or anyone else is in immediate danger please dial 999 and contact the police.
What is domestic abuse?
The UK government defines domestic violence as: ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.’
This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. It is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.