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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 mainstream 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. Over 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 the program 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)
Get Started

Are you interested in joining this program? You can call our First Call Line for more information and enrolling: 612-874-7063 | M-F 9:00-3:00 PM

More Information

Questions can be directed to Melanie Aleman, Supervisor of Men’s and Change Step Programs | 612-874-7063 x235 or

For more information about training for service providers or purchasing program manuals, contact Amirthini Keefe, Director of Client Services.  You can reach her at 612.874.7063 x. 294 or

Interested in supporting veterans in our community by making a donation to CHANGE STEP?  Contact Aaron Zimmerman, Director of Development & Communications, at 612.874.7063 x. 207 or