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Respect runs a programme of events for frontline workers, service managers, commissioners, funders, policy workers and researchers.

Our events are aligned with the core strands of work: perpetrators of domestic abuse, male victims and young people’s violence in close relationship; and support our ethos of high quality and safe service provision.

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Taking male victims of domestic abuse seriously

11th June 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

£129.95 – £168.76

Event description

Awareness of men as victims of domestic abuse is at an all-time high. The Government published a position statement which clarifies its response to male victims. The Crown Prosecution Service issued a statement reaffirming its commitment to male victims. BBC3’s ‘Abused by my girlfriend’ was praised for highlighting that men can be victims too. Demand for the Men’s Advice Line is increasing year on year, as more men are asking for help and support.

But barriers remain and stigma persists. Too many male victims are embarrassed to ask for help. They fear that no one will believe them. They feel that their domestic abuse experiences don’t matter. They think that they should be able to cope on their own, because that’s what men do. We need to change all that and start taking male victims of domestic abuse seriously.

This event brings together frontline workers, academics and government. The presentations cover a wide range of subjects:

  • The Government’s approach to male victims

  • The voice of survivors: what barriers do they face? What is their perception of domestic violence services? How easy or difficult they find disclosing sexual abuse to other men?

  • Different models of working with men. A grassroots organisation supporting men’s wellbeing in Northern Ireland. A counselling service helping male victims of sexual abuse. A Danish government-funded men’s organisation offering men shelter in 5 crisis centres;

  • Domestic Homicide Reviews and men: emerging learning

  • Male victims of rape

  • Gender stereotypes of masculinity: how they make it harder for men to ask for help. How can we foster more positive expressions of masculinity?

Respect will present the new Toolkit for Working with Male Victims of Domestic Abuse on the day.


  • Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, and Minister for Women: The government’s approach to male victims of domestic abuse
  • Professor Nicole Westmarland, Head, Department of Sociology; Director, Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse; Stephen Burrell, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Durham University: The voices of male victims – understanding men’s expectations and experiences of the Men’s Advice Line and their perceptions of domestic abuse services (preliminary findings)
  • Morten Kjær Egebjerg, Director, Mandecentret: Supporting men at Denmark’s crisis centre facilities and the work of “Lev Uden Vold” (Live Without Violence).
  • James Rowlands, Doctoral Researcher from Sussex University & Gemma Snowball, DHR Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence: Domestic Homicide Reviews and Men: Emerging Learning
  • Phil Mitchell, Male Sexual Abuse Specialist, Counsellor, Psychotherapist: Boys’ and men’s responses to abuse and barriers to speaking up
  • Dr Joanna Jamel, Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Forensic Psychology, Dept. of Criminology and Sociology, School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Kingston University London: ‘Male Rape – Who are the offenders and victims’
  • Rebecca Haycock, Regional Adviser (Gwent) and Janice Dent, Regional VAWDASV Officer (Gwent): The voices of male survivors and the barriers they perceive
  • Ippo Panteloudakis, Head of Services, Respect: Respect’s vision for shaping policy, increasing understanding and transforming services for male victims – in a context that promotes positive masculinities;


Respect’s Men’s Advice Line team: “Supporting male victims in a helpline environment”

Respect’s Men’s Advice Line Advisors will demonstrate the complexities of supporting male victims on a helpline environment. This interactive workshop will use case studies based on real calls. The Helplines team will invite participants to ask questions to find out more about what’s been happening. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a good understanding of the importance of language used by callers, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of supporting service users on a helpline.

Working with men who are impacted by domestic abuse
Jason Woolfe – Counsellor for men impacted by domestic/sexual abuse

This workshop gives an overview of a therapeutic service aimed at men impacted by domestic abuse, including methods of assessing risk, safety processes and measuring outcomes.

The workshop will introduce some of the therapeutic issues faced by men and will touch on some of the theoretical models that support this work.

Help-seeking barriers for GBT* Male victims of Abuse: what are the additional barriers and how can services support potential service users overcome these?
Luke Martin- Independent Trainer and Consultant, Specialist on male victims/survivors and those who identify as GBT*

This workshop will:
• highlight common forms of abuse experienced by GBT* men that may be less prevalent with heterosexual and cisgender clients;
• identify the additional barriers faced by GBT* men when accessing support;
• discuss ways to break down these barriers;
• explore how heteronormative services can become more accessible for GBT* men.



Respect has been supporting male victims since 2007.

In that time we have:

  • Set up the Men’s Advice Line: the UK helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them
  • Developed the Respect Toolkit for Work with Male Victims of domestic abuse, a resource designed to support and inform frontline work with men
  • Developed the Respect Male Victims Standard, which provides the benchmark for best practice in the sector



11th June 2019
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£129.95 – £168.76
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