“Statistics show that around 1.2m women and 700,000 men experience domestic abuse, but support services for men are much less prevalent than those for women,”

In recognition of this Women's aid have introduced support services for male victims of domestic abuse. This includes support via the Supporting People funded, floating support service which provides direct support with a specialist worker within the community. To compliment this service we are working in partnership with Calan dvs domestic abuse services to provide a specialist, group programme to help build men's resilience and well-being following exposure to domestic abuse.

The Compass Programme

The Compass programme provides a unique opportunity for male victims to meet and talk in a safe space about their experiences. The programme will help increase self-efficiency and improve mental well-being as well as provide an opportunity to understand more about what they have been through. The programme is made up of 13 sessions that are delivered to groups of men. The programme uses a safe space for male survivours to talk about domestic abuse - with specific focus on

  • masculinity and how that can influence responses

  • signs and behaviours of domestic abuse

  • where to seek appropriate help and support

It can help participants to set a sense of value, purpose and achievement whilst nurturing self-esteem, self efficiency, personal resilience and well-being. The programme has been closely developed in partnership with the University of South Wales.

To date over 95% of male victims attending the programme report that they now have a better understanding of what they have been through and feel more confident about their own well-being and the potential for a healthy relationship in the future. 


Spaces are limited so booking is essential. This free course will be held at the Cynon Safety Centre in Aberdare and start on 15th January, 2020. 

For more information please contact Emma on 01443 400791 or via email [email protected]