CHANGE STEP

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DAP’s innovative program for male veterans who have used violence in an intimate relationship.

For more than 35 years, DAP has helped members of our community to end their abusive behaviors and replace them with actions that build healthy relationships. CHANGE STEP is grounded in the proven curriculum of DAP’s traditional Men’s Program, but uses the language and tenor of military culture to serve veterans. The program addresses the specific issues that are faced by the veteran community–military culture, deployments, and PTSD– and is built on a thorough understanding of the effects of trauma and violence on a person’s health and well-being.

 Why DAP?
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DAP has 35 years of proven success in giving men the tools they need to eliminate violent behaviors and replace them with behaviors that build healthy relationships. 90% of the men who have completed DAP’s program have had no arrests or police reports for domestic violence in the year following completion – 90%!

We also know that in order for it to work, CHANGE STEP has to be relevant to the community it serves. That’s why the entire program has been designed and run by veterans.

 The Statistics
  • 81% of  veterans suffering from depression and PTSD engaged in at least one violent act against their partner in the past year. - Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Health & Environmental Hazards (Jan 2009)
  • Male veterans with PTSD are 2 to 3 times more likely to engage in domestic violence compared to those without PTSD. - Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Health & Environmental Hazards (Jan 2009)
  • 44% of the of the veterans who accessed services at the VA were diagnosed with one or more mental health injuries - M.D. Sherman, F. Sautter, M.H. Hope, J.A. Lyons and X. Han, “Domestic Violence in Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Who Seek Couples Therapy.” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2006)
 We’re Going Global!

In 2014 DAP launched the CHANGE STEP Certification Program for mental health professionals to be able to offer CHANGE STEP at their own agency. Click here for more information. 

Contact Information

For more information about the program, contact Cortney Amundson, CHANGE STEP Supervisor.  You can reach her at 612.874.7063 x. 218 or camundson@mndap.org.

Interested in supporting veterans in our community by making a donation to CHANGE STEP?  Contact Ann Moore, Director of Advancement & Finance, at 612.874.7063 x. 207 or amoore@mndap.org.