Positive reaction to Somerset study into best way to prevent domestic abuse

A Somerset study into the most effective way to tackle domestic abuse has received a positive response from its first participants. Barnardo’s in Somerset has been funded by the University of Bristol to deliver weekly groups to local men and improve safety for their partners, ex-partners and children.

REPROVIDE is a two-year University of Bristol research study which began in March and offers weekly sessions of education and support. The first group of men have completed some of their sessions and are now encouraging others to step forward and take part.

One man said: “It helps to share the problems. I should’ve done something like this ten years ago.” Another said: “You learn about yourself, confront yourself and your behaviour. You can be honest about how you’ve behaved and be supported to change.”

Barnardo’s is now keen to recruit more men from across the county for the second series of sessions, which begin next week.

The charity is looking for men who are aged 21 or over and who are worried that their own behaviour in relationships with women might be abusive.

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