Respect grew out of the National Practitioners’ Network (NPN), an informal group of practitioners working with perpetrators across the UK which ran from 1992-2010. Initially we were perpetrator focused, aiming to:

• Support those running perpetrator programmes and associated support services in the UK
• Lobby government to put perpetrator issues on the public policy agenda
• Promote best practice in work with perpetrators to ensure that it prioritises the safety of those affected by domestic violence – predominantly women and children

Later we developed work with male victims and young people using violence and abuse in intimate partner or family relationships.

Key Milestones

– 2000

Formation and registration

– 2001


– 2002

– 2003

– 2004

Statement of Principles and Minimum Standards of Practice

The Respect Phoneline


– 2005

Our first conference

– 2006

Young People’s Service

– 2007

Men’s Advice Line

– 2008

Does Gender Matter conference


– 2009

Men’s involvement in Children’s Lives

– 2010


Domestic Violence Resource Manual for Employers

– 2011


Fresh Start

– 2012

Safer Together, Safer Apart

Respect Standard

Jenkins Centre

Respect Young People’s Programme for 10-14 year olds