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.
Comms and Fundraiser Officer
Vikki joined Respect in February 2019. Her role is a new one for Respect and provides many opportunities and possibilities for growing the work and impact of the organisation, which Vikki is excited to develop. Prior to joining Respect and on completing an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics (LSE), Vikki joined Brazilian NGO Instituto Promundo in Rio de Janeiro as a Senior Programme and Research Officer. Based in Brazil for the last 3 years she worked on the engagement of men and boys to promote gender equality and challenge inequitable models of masculinity. With a love for photography, video and art, you can expect to see Vikki bringing creative ideas and international experience in the women’s sector on men and masculinities to developing new fundraising and communications activities with Respect.
Membership, Training and Events Officer
Abigail joined Respect on 4 March 2019 with a brief to provide wide-ranging membership support and to coordinate Respect’s Training and Events programmes. Previous to this role, Abigail worked in Research and Public Engagement at Sense about Science, a charity championing the use of sound evidence in policymaking and the media. She recently completed MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development (SOAS), with a dissertation on underhand forms citizen resistance, which she researched for in Zimbabwe. Abigail is excited to be involved in Respect’s responsive, unique programme and can already see the gap it seeks to fill in the sector and the tangible value of the work it does.
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.
Nutan joined Respect in February 2019 and has made her mission that the administrative side of all Respect’s work runs smoothly and efficiently. Nutan is a Qualified Early Years Practitioner.