Perpetrators of domestic violence
Respect’s sole focus from 2000 until 2007, was perpetrators of domestic violence. We have since diversified, but perpetrators remain a key strand of our work. In 2004 we launched the Respect Phoneline which has helped thousands of people, male and female, by phone and email over the last decade. The Respect Phoneline is also available for frontline workers, call freephone 0808 802 4040 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or visit www.respectphoneline.org.uk . We have developed standards and accreditation and provide training and support to improve responses to adult’s using violence and abuse in intimate relationships.
- Specialist Domestic Violence Prevention Services: Respect supports a network of specialist DVPSs which work with the cause of the problem, the perpetrator. These services focus on changing the behaviour and managing the risk of perpetrators, with the safety of victims, including children, at their heart. Respect helps new services to set up, helps existing services to develop and supports best practice in commissioning. For information about Domestic Violence Prevention Programmes in your area please call the Respect Phoneline on freephone 0808 802 4040 (not our main office line).
- Quality control: Respect Accreditation is the bench mark for the provision of quality interventions with men who use violence against their female partners. The Respect Standard sets out all the requirements good quality DVPSs need to meet to become accredited. Find out more about accreditation and where the nearest accredited service is.
- Respect Directory of Professionals able to undertake expert assessments of domestic violence risks in family court proceedings: Respect has established a directory of professionals who are suitably qualified, trained, experienced to undertake assessments of domestic violence risks and impact in families involved in legal proceedings in relation to children. Respect aims to provide solicitors, Cafcass, our members and others with a list of suitable assessors they can contact when an expert assessment is required.Respect took this step following the recommendations of Dr. Chris Newman which explored what should be included in an expert assessment of domestic violence risks and the skills and experience necessary to undertake these assessments.Respect will aim to ensure the quality of the expert assessors listed in the directory through a peer review process which we hope will give confidence to professionals when choosing an assessor from the Respect directory.
- The Respect Phoneline: We run the UK helpline for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards their partner (male, female, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships). Call freephone 0808 802 4040 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
- The Drive Project: Drive is a project that will both challenge and support perpetrators to change their behaviour, while always holding them to account. It will change the public narrative from ‘why doesn’t she leave’ to ‘why doesn’t he stop?’. The Drive Partnership is made up of Respect, SafeLives and Social Finance. The pilot programmes will be delivered in Essex, South Wales and West Sussex. It is funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, Tudor Trust and the Police and Crime Commissioners in all three areas. The project has also benefited from local authority support.
- Improving policy and practice: We work closely with other agencies – such as the Police, Children’s Services, Cafcass, Probation and Health – to improve frontline responses to perpetrators.
- Training: Respect provides a broad range of training for both specialist and frontline professionals.
- Research: We work in partnership with several universities to develop knowledge about how to respond effectively to male and female perpetrators
- Risk Assessment: Respect has been working to develop both resources for risk assessment and the training courses to improve practice and knowledge.