The ManKind Initiative charity, which supports male victims and survivors of domestic abuse, is seeking male survivors to take part in its Acorn recovery programme funded by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner. The programme is free of charge and is only available to men who have left abusive relationships.

The programme delivered by the charity’s team of expert qualified professionals is designed to help male survivors of domestic abuse to:

  • break their cycle of isolation and loneliness they experience,
  • to recognise the impact that domestic abuse has on their children
  • move forward with their lives, and,
  • form healthy, respectful and loving relationships in the future

This is an online programme over a nine week period and up to 10 men can be accommodated at any one time.

This programme has been academically peer reviewed by the UK’s leading experts as well as male survivors.

To access the programme men can make self-referrals or they can be referred by GPs, local councils and the police, as well as domestic abuse organisations.

For further details about the course and how to apply, please visit:

Mark Brooks, Chair of the ManKind Initiative, said: “Our Acorn recovery programme is aimed at men who want help on their journey in recovering from domestic abuse. We have been running the programme for three years and the feedback has been really positive.

“We would encourage men across Avon and Somerset including Bristol and Bath who feel this would benefit them to please contact us and of course, we also encourage others to share this with men they think this would support them too.”

The course includes a pre-course suitability assessment and a one to one follow up session for each delegate. Eligibility for acceptance on the course is at the sole discretion of the charity.