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Male Victims: Why a Gender Informed Approach Matters

21 March @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Male Victims: Why a Gender Informed Approach Matters

Date: Wednesday 21st March 2018

Time: 10:30 – 16:00

Venue: Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EA

Cost: £120 + booking fee for Respect Members (buy-one-get-one-free exclusive offer for Respect Members) | £156 + booking fee for non-members

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This event will focus on how to provide safe, effective and accountable services for male victims of domestic violence and abuse which meet their diverse needs. It will explore why a needs-led, gender-informed approach works for men and how this fits with a similar approach for women.
We will hear from organisations who have developed safe models for working with male victims, as well as from organisations who have expanded from working only with women to now including men. The event will also explore why the Respect Standards for Work with Male Victims are important and how these fit with other standards in the sector.

The event is kindly sponsored by Towergate Insurance, who provide discounted insurance for Respect Specialist Provider members. Become a Respect member today and access discounted prices for our events and training courses, as well as discounted insurance premiums for your organisation: Membership Categories and Benefits





Trevor Meaney, Poet

Trev will read his poem ‘This body’ , a piece he feels very passionate about and wants to spread it as far and wide as possible to try and offer comfort and support to those who have suffered from abuse and those who continue to do so. The message he is trying to evoke in this piece is ‘courage’.

Keynote speeches

  • Janet McDermott, Women’s Aid, Manager of Member Support Services and Val Lunn, Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottingham: Opportunities and challenges for Women’s Aid Members in working with male victims
  • Jude Long, Galop  LGBT & DVA Helplines Manager: Supporting GBT Men: GALOP Helplines as a VAWG informed service. This presentation recognises and reflects on the learning and expertise the VAWG sector has established to support survivors of violence and abuse. Jude will talk about how The National LGBT+ helpline reflects on this foundation and expands it to enable GBT men to gain support to live free from harm and suffering.
  • Aaron Slater, Sacro, Service Manager Fearless & Bright Service: The Fearless Project Supporting Men in Scotland
  • Helen Scadding, Citizen’s Advice Senior Project Manager:  Just ASK – the development of a routine enquiry programme – benefits and challenges.
  • Ippo Panteloudakis, Respect Operations Director:  Launching the Respect Male Victims Standard

Research-informed and practice-based workshops (more will be confirmed soon):

  • Dr Eszter Szilassy & Dr Jessica Roy – Reprovide, University of Bristol: Reaching men in general practice: challenges and opportunities
  • Catherine Bewley (Galop Head of Sexual Violence Support Services) and Sarah Webb (Galop Jigsaw Partnership/London Youth Gateway specialist LGBT young people’s worker): Working with GBT boys and young men who experience harassment, abuse and violence: how not to miss what’s going on and how to respond effectively . Drawing on the experience of Galop’s work with GBT boys and young men who experience violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation in family, community and partner contexts, this workshop will look at the range and complexity of what GBT boys and young men experience, and what services need to know and understand to work effectively to protect and help them.
  • Iris Quar & Julia Gutgsell – Abused Men in Scotland: Support in Becoming a Survivor: The smooth roads and pitfalls 

Speakers’ biographies

Janet McDermott – Manager of Member Support Services, Women’s Aid

Janet McDermott is an Asian woman trainer and writer based in Sheffield and is currently Manager of Member Support Services at Women’s Aid Federation England.

Janet has worked in the Violence Against Women and Girls sector for over thirty years and was a founder member of Ashiana Black Women’s Refuge in Sheffield. In her current role at Women’s Aid she manages the Imkaan and Women’s Aid Sustainability Project in partnership with colleagues at Imkaan, delivering sustainability and capacity building support to BME services in the Imkaan Network and Women’s Aid member services across England. In 2014 she wrote the Women’s Aid Federation England National Quality Standards.

She has also written two novels and non-fiction works on equalities issues in education, therapeutic work with refugees, and lesbian and gay fostering and adoption.

Val Lunn – Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Aid Integrated Services

Val Lunn is the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) which provides specialist domestic abuse services for women, teenagers, children and pets in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Under her leadership, WAIS has achieved a 100% success rate in tenders, ensuring that local DVA services continue to be delivered by local DVA specialist organisations.

In Nottinghamshire, as part of a commissioning arrangement, WAIS has sub-contracted a male survivor service to partner agency Equation since 2015. She has worked in the Violence against Women and Girls sector at a local and national level since 1986. She was instrumental in setting up the first 24 hour freephone domestic violence helpline in England in 2000.  In her previous role as the National Development Manager for Rape Crisis England and Wales, Val led on the development of the Rape Crisis National Service Standards and the development of 15 new Rape Crisis Centres in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice. She has worked at Lincoln Women’s Aid, Bassetlaw Women’s Aid (now Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid), Women’s Aid Advice Centre (now WAIS) and Solace Women’s Aid in London.

Jude Long – Domestic Violence and Abuse Helpline Supervisor, Galop

Jude manages the LGBT+ domestic violence and abuse helpline for Galop, anti-violence charity. She has worked in the not for profit sector for 16 years, 8 of these spent working in the field of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in a variety of prevention, training and strategic roles. Prior to working for Galop Jude worked in the field of VAWG prevention with a particular focus on developing whole school approaches within primary and secondary school education.

Aaron Slater – Service Manager Fearless & Bright Service, Sacro
Aaron is the Service Manager for Fearless, a support service for men, LGBT+ and BME individuals experiencing domestic abuse. This service is a partnership between Sacro, LGBT Youth Scotland, Shakti Women’s Aid and the Men’s Advice Line, funded by the Big Lottery Fund until July 2019. Before taking on the role of Service Manager for Fearless, Aaron was the Service Manager at Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS), with responsibility for the management of a domestic abuse helpline for male survivors and a one-to-one service in Edinburgh. Aaron is a SafeLives accredited Gender-Based Violence Service Manager and a qualified IDAA (Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate).

Helen Scadding – Senior Project Manager, Citizen’s Advice

Helen works in the central Equality Team at Citizens Advice and has been leading the ASK Programme for over three years. She has worked for Citizens Advice for 14 years, initially as the Regional Manager for the South West.

Her previous employment has been in equality policy development at the Greater London Authority and for a number of local authorities. She has also worked as a teacher (including in Ghana with VSO) and was the Director of Women’s Health, an innovative women’s health advice and information charity.

Ippo Panteloudakis – Operations Director, Respect

Ippo joined Respect in 2004 and set up the Respect Phoneline, the first helpline for domestic violence perpetrators in the UK. Since 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 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 has been a regular trainer. He frequently speaks at conferences and is the Respect media spokesperson for male victims.


21 March
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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