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.
- Formation and registration
Respect was formed & registered as a charity. We took over ownership of the NPN guidelines, now called the Statement of Principles and Minimum Standards of Practice 2000
Respect was launched at a reception at Portcullis House hosted by Jackie Ballard MP
- Statement of Principles and Minimum Standards of Practice
Respect revised and reissued the Statement of Principles and Minimum Standards of Practice 2004.
- The Respect Phoneline
We launched The Respect Phoneline, a helpline for perpetrators of domestic violence.
We received an award for our work from the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
- Our first conference
We held our first conference – Changing Behaviour, Managing Risk – at the British Museum. Guest speaker was Ed Gondolf from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Young People’s Service
The Respect Young People’s Service was launched.
- Men’s Advice Line
Respect began running the Men’s Advice Line, a helpline for male victims of domestic violence.
- Does Gender Matter conference
Respect held the Does Gender Matter conference – at The Sage in Gateshead. The conference was chaired by Beatrix Campbell and speakers included Evan Stark, Marianne Hester, Jenny Pearce and Nicola Graham Kevan.
We launched the first edition of the Respect standard and began accrediting Domestic violence Perpetrator Programmes.
- Men’s involvement in Children’s Lives
Respect held a 2 day conference, Men’s involvement in Children’s Lives, in York. This event explored responsible fathering, contact, risk and the positive contribution men can make to children’s lives. Speakers included Oliver Williams, Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, University of Minnesota; Johnny Rice II, the Responsible Fathering Programme, Baltimore, USA; Anthony Douglas (Cafcass).Respect hosted the National Practitioners’ Network in Bristol.
Respect’s Young People’s Service held workshops in England, Wales and Scotland on addressing the use of violence and abuse in close relationships.
- Domestic Violence Resource Manual for Employers
In partnership with Refuge, Respect launched a Domestic Violence Resource Manual for Employers.
We held a conference You just don’t get it! Young People’s Violence in Close Relationships in London. Speakers included Dr Rachel Condry, Dr Peter Misch, Debbee Arthur and Professor Jenny Pearce.We published a toolkit for professionals working with young people using violence in close relationships.
- Fresh Start
As part of a consortium with MK Act and Relate in Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire we launched Fresh Start, an individual work programme for perpetrators of domestic violence with a support service for partners.
- Safer Together, Safer Apart
We held a held a seminar Safer Together, Safer Apart with special guest speakers David Mandel and his colleague Kristen Selleck. The event brought together domestic violence prevention programmes staff with their colleagues working in statutory children’s social care with the aim of improving outcomes for children exposed to domestic violence.
- Respect Standard
We issued the second edition of the Respect Standard.
- Jenkins Centre
In partnership with DVIRP, we launched the Jenkins Centre, providing a range of interventions to help people end their use of abusive behaviour in relationships, in Leicester City.
- Respect Young People’s Programme for 10-14 year olds
We started work on the Respect Young People’s Programme for 10-14 year olds using abusive behaviour towards a parent. This is currently being piloted across 7 services in the North West and North East of England.