Make a Change (MAC) is a community-wide, early response approach to people using abusive behaviours in their intimate relationships (or who are concerned that they might be), developed by Respect in partnership with Women’s Aid Federation England.
The MAC model is designed to fill a gap in current service provision, for situations where there are concerns about abusive behaviour, but where the threshold hasn’t yet been met for a statutory, family court or criminal justice referral.
To address abusive behaviour at an earlier stage than is typical – before it becomes entrenched, and before the intervention is mandated by the family courts, criminal justice or children’s social care.
To encourage communities, including friends, family members, professionals and other agencies, to see themselves as part of the solution, and empower them to take action to address these behaviours.
To improve the safety and wellbeing of adult and child survivors of domestic abuse.
To work to reduce the wider societal and financial impact of abusive behaviour