Chief Executive Officer
Jo is the founding CEO of Respect and has worked in the domestic violence sector for over 20 years. She began supporting women experiencing domestic violence, working in refuges and a drop-in centre and developing and running a Women’s Support Service. Jo qualified as a counsellor in 1999 and worked for many years providing individual support to, and running groups for, women. Following on from work with women experiencing domestic violence, Jo also ran groups for perpetrators at DVIP. She has provided clinical supervision in a range of settings, including for London Probation domestic violence workers. Jo has developed and delivered training and consultancy across the UK and abroad, including in Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Mexico and Jordan. Her role at Respect has taken her away from the front-line and she now spends her time leading Respect, supporting the development of the sector and influencing public policy. Jo is mum to 3 young boys who keep her on her toes!
Neil has the job title of Development Director which involves taking new pieces of work from idea to delivery but like many staff in small organisations he gets involved in lots of the other aspects of the work too. Neil’s been working in this sector for many years, starting with setting up the Domestic Violence Intervention Project before moving to Respect in 2006 to write the Respect Service Standard. He is currently working on the Respect Young Peoples Services, the DV employees project and service development in different parts of the country supporting commissioners and providers to deliver effective services. He has a particular interest in the interface between child protection and domestic violence and far too many other things.
Ippo joined Respect in May 2004 and set up the Respect Phoneline, the first national helpline for domestic violence perpetrators in the UK. Since January 2006 Ippo has also been responsible for the management and development of the Men’s Advice Line, the national helpline for male victims of domestic violence. Ippo previously worked for Victim Support, co-managing the Witness Service at Hammersmith and Fulham Magistrates’ Court – the second specialist domestic violence court in the UK. Ippo was involved in writing and editing the first edition of Respect’s Toolkit for Work with Male Victims of Domestic Violence and he co-wrote/edited the second edition published in January 2013. Ippo was also involved in the development of Respect’s Working with Male Victims of Domestic Violence training course and is regular trainer. He frequently speaks at conferences, delivers presentations and gives radio and press interviews on domestic violence perpetrators and male victims issues.
Make A Change, Perpetrator Response Director
Vic has a background working in gender-based violence as both a programme lead and development manager. Initially inspired to dedicate her career to working to end domestic abuse by working as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, Vic moved on to work more closely with those experiencing sexual and domestic abuse at Safer London. Whilst at Safer London Vic led on the development, funding and ‘futureproofing’ of the VAWG strand of work, supporting young women, their families and communities. Vic has a strong interest in bystander interventions, community based and needs-led approaches and combines her experience of driving and delivering projects with a feminist approach to service delivery and management, to lead the implementation of the Make A Change Perpetrator Response. In her spare time, Vic has a small counselling practice and is a pretty keen hula hooper!
Services and Development Manager
Sara Kirkpatrick was appointed Services Development Manager at Respect in January 2016. In this role she supports member organisations to deliver their DVPPs and achieve the nationally recognised Respect Accreditation Standard. She also takes the lead on Respect’s contribution to The London VAWG Consortium which you can read more about here. Sara is an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) domestic abuse specialist who has worked in criminal and community settings for over 25 years. Starting her career providing support in a women’s refuge she has worked with a range of client groups including male victims, children impacted by domestic abuse, women remaining in abusive relationships and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Between 2010 and 2015 Sara worked with the Hampton Trust, a Respect Accredited DVPP provider in Hampshire, where she had a lead role developing projects including co-authoring and delivering the award winning CARA pilot. As a national trainer for both Respect and Probation, she has trained practitioners in engaging with perpetrators of domestic abuse, risk assessing perpetrators, and the context of domestic abuse. She has also developed a skills development programme for trainee social workers to enhance domestic abuse engagement techniques with Winchester University where she is a visiting lecturer. In her spare time Sara enjoys camping, gardening and spending time with her adult children.
Change that Lasts Perpetrator Response Development Manager
Ciara has spent her career developing and delivering innovative support services for men and women affected by domestic abuse. Having first joined DVIP as a Domestic Violence Prevention Programme facilitator longer ago than she cares to remember, she went on to become the Manager and Senior Risk Assessor of DVIP’s Family Courts Team – which provides expert risk and vulnerability assessments of perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse for the UK public and private family courts. Ciara joined Pause as a National Practice Lead in 2017, supporting the implementation and delivery of Pause practices across the UK, and now works for Respect – where she is developing an early intervention response to perpetrators of domestic abuse, as part of the Women’s Aid Change That Lasts approach.
Senior Support Worker
Tanisha joined Respect in May 2018 as the Senior Support Worker for Respect’s Helplines Team. Tanisha began her career in the sector 23 years ago, initially working with male perpetrators of domestic violence by co-facilitating group work programmes. Her career progressed to working with female survivors and their children in refuges including a specialist South Asian women’s refuge focusing on forced marriage, honour-based violence and no recourse to public funds. Tanisha has created gender-based violence training programmes for community groups and frontline workers, raising awareness on the impact to BME communities. She has managed a variety of refuge and community-based projects as well as working for a women’s helpline service. On moving to London in 2013, Tanisha was successful in developing and maintaining partnerships with GP’s in Hackney by delivering the IRIS project, which she later delivered in Haringey.
Luke is a Practice Advisor working on the DRIVE project, a RESPECT, SafeLives and Social Finance collaboration for high risk/harm perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. As an accredited Trainer/Assessor Luke also delivers Psychoeducational Domestic and Sexual Abuse programmes, as an Associate Trainer for Rock Pool. Prior to this Luke began life in the sector as an IDVA who built experience establishing a gender responsive DV service. Luke is also a member of the board of trustees for a Sussex based charity for offenders and a Restorative Justice Facilitator for sensitive and complex cases. In his spare time Luke remains hypervigilant in the pursuit to keep his three young children as far from mischief as possible.
Membership, Training and Events Officer
Julia joined Respect in July 2015. Here she has been working on developing and increasing outreach on her three strands of work: training, events and membership, engaging key stakeholders in the coordinated community response to domestic abuse. She was drawn to Respect for tackling the niche but necessary areas of domestic abuse, ensuring that abuse is being addressed at a high standard throughout the sector. Involved in the sector since 2011, she originally began as a helpline worker in Womankind, Bristol. Since then, she went on to work on social action projects on women’s rights and mental health with young people, as well as being a youth mentor. She then moved onto fundraising, events, and publicity for a small sex trafficking charity and a separate rape charity. When she moved to London in 2013 she helped grow and develop the training and events programme at Standing Together against Domestic Violence, and was the lead organiser for their flagship fundraiser event the 112 Bike Ride before moving onto Respect. She keeps it zen by regularly practicing yoga and is studying a masters in psychotherapy in her spare time.
Sarah joined Respect in 2008. Originally as the Dads’ Space Administrator and then returning as Respect’s Administration Officer. She has worked in the social care sector for over ten years. This includes working as an Administrator in a Children and Families Team at Kent County Council and developing a training programme for the Adult Social Care Team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Sarah really enjoys supporting her colleagues with their varied projects.