An Evaluation of the Compass Programme: Final Report for Calan DVS

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Calan DVS commissioned The Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care (WIHSC) to evaluate the Compass Programme.

Developed in partnership with the University of South Wales and Calan DVS, the Compass Programme is a specifically designed for male victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). It was developed following a review of Calan DVS’s previous programme the ‘Male Support Programme’, and developed using a literature review and interviews with men who had experienced DVA and practitioners working in the sector. Cognitive Theory or otherwise known as Social Learning Theory (1986). The conceptual framework is based on reciprocal interactions , for example, people learn through thinking about things, through observing others and by learning from one another.

Designed to be delivered over 13 micro-session with groups of men, the Compass Programme uses a strength-based approach to promote a man’s resilience and wellbeing following self-acknowledgment of experiencing DVA. These also generally include improving self-esteem and self-efficacy. The philosophy underpinning The Compass Programme is Bandura’s Social
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyCalan DVS
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • domestic violence and abuse
  • DVA
  • male victims


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