Women’s Behaviour Change Programme

Supporting heterosexual and LGBT couples to have safer, healthier relationships

A programme of support for women, who are concerned about their behaviour within relationships and wish to make positive changes.

Building on the success of our Bridging to Change programme, which supports men in changing their behaviour in their relationships and our two-year pilot programme with women, we have now opened a full women’s programme in Greater Manchester that is also inclusive of LGBTQ relationships.

We have experience working with a variety of women under different circumstances who are struggling within their relationships and whose behaviour is impacting others negatively.

Women we have worked with may be facing issues such as:

  • Extreme jealousy and taking this out on their partners
  • Inability to regulate their emotions or anger
  • Controlling their partners: emotionally, financially, sexually or psychologically
  • Screaming, shouting, hitting, punching walls or being physically abusive towards their partners
  • Intimidating their partners and making their partners fearful of them

Every case is different and we aim to help the women take responsibility for their behaviour by increasing their confidence to control their actions, helping them to identify why they’re behaving in this way and reflecting on what’s really going on.

I am really pleased that I have some real help now to face my issues. Donna is amazing and she can just see who I am. To be able to tell someone about the abuse I have perpetrated and not be judged was so liberating for me. I  look forward to my sessions every week.
- Programme Client

The Programme

The programme involves one to one sessions, with an experienced facilitator, once a week. The average time for each woman is between 15-20 sessions, although this just a guideline and each case can be different. We have experience working with women in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. This programme is inclusive of working with heterosexual women and their males partners and women from the LGBTQ community and their partners.

The Programme will cover your personal history, situations that may cause stress and abusive actions. It will also look at themes such as respectful communication, resentment and impact on children.

We aim to support each person on the programme through positive change, helping them to understand their behaviour and its impact.

For more information on the programme, visit our FAQ page here.

Partner & Children's Support

For all our behaviour change programmes, we offer integrated support for partners, ex-partners and children. In order to be eligible for this programme of support, you are required to provide details of the people who have been impacted by your behaviour, which can include children.

We will then contact them to independently to arrange support through our services. It is not mandatory that they take up this support in order for you to continue on our programme, but it will be offered.

You can find out more about Partner support here.

You can find out more about Children & Young People’s support here.

Many thanks for all your support and help – it has been invaluable to me at a most difficult time in life. I really hope I am turning a corner.
- Programme Client

Referrals & Booking

Before we can accept a referral, please ensure that you, or the woman you are referring to the project meets our eligibility criteria, which can be found here.

We have received funding to run this project throughout Greater Manchester. Therefore, if you are over the age of 18 and live in the Greater Manchester area, we can offer you a place at no cost to you. If you are outside of the Greater Manchester area, this may be subject to a charge, depending on what you earn. You can discuss this with a practitioner at your first appointment.

If an agency is involved, such as CAFCASS or social services, the referral will need to come from them. However, if they are not, we welcome self-referrals.

Agency Referral: Please click here to refer a woman you are currently working with.

Self Referral: Please click here to enquire about this programme for yourself.

Alternatively, please don't hesitate to call us on 0161 872 1100 (option 2) and ask to speak to our experienced practitioner, Donna Sullivan.

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