3 B. Guidance and Resources


The Respect Accreditation Standard

Respect (2012)

The Respect Accreditation Standard applies to all organisations that provide domestic violence prevention programmes (DVPPs) to perpetrators of domestic violence and linked partner support and safety services. This document sets out all the requirements and the evidence that will be sought to demonstrate that an organisation meets the Standard. Organisations may also benefit from reading the manual for Respect’s accreditation assessors, which provides further technical guidance around the assessor’s role in the collection of evidence.

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Domestic Violence Perpetrators - Working with the cause of the problem
Stopping violence, preventing harm


Respect (2011)

This report looks at the problem of domestic violence, the costs to society and what perpetrator interventions offer as a solution, arguing that it costs more to do nothing.

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Respect Position Statement on the Caring Dads Programme

Respect (2010)

This statement is an attempt by Respect to provide guidance for practitioners, commissioners and funders as to where Caring Dads sits in relation to domestic violence perpetrator services in the UK.

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Briefing Paper on Unsafe Domestic Violence Perpetrator Interventions

Respect (2010)

This paper is for commissioners, the judiciary, policy makers, domestic violence practitioners and any agencies within the statutory or voluntary sectors working with domestic violence.

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Domestic Violence Resource Manual For Employers

Respect & Refuge (2010)

This comprehensive resource, produced by Refuge and Respect, is designed to help employers and HR professionals respond to employees who are victims or perpetrators of abuse.

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Information for women who are concerned about their behaviour towards male partners

Respect (2010)

A booklet for women who are concerned about their behaviour towards male partners.

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Deadly Dads: Men who murder their children

Morris, B (2009)

This article discusses the recent spate of fathers killing their children and why experts believe it is a trend likely to continue.

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Are You Hurting the One You Love? Choose to STOP! Information for men who have intimate relations with men

Respect (2008)

A booklet aimed at men who are in intimate relations with other men and who are concerned about their use of violence and abuse towards their partner.

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Good Practice Guidance for Working with Domestic Violence Perpetrators within Drug and Alcohol Services

Stella Project (2008)

This briefing is aimed at front line practitioners working within drug and alcohol agencies who wish to improve their responses to clients who are also perpetrators of domestic violence.

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Drug and Alcohol Use among Perpetrators and Survivors – how can I work with this effectively?

Bailey, K. (2008)

Written for practitioners working on violence prevention programmes, this article outlines how services can address the needs of clients experiencing problematic substance use in line with Respect’s service standards.

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For Men Involved in Domestic Violence

Varney, J. and James-Hanman, D. (2007)

A Men’s Health Forum Mini Manual produced in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust, this booklet is designed to provide an introduction to domestic violence and help men who can be both victims and perpetrators. The first section deals with men’s involvement as perpetrators.

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The HEVAN Domestic Abuse Training Manual for Health Practitioners

HEVAN (2006)

This training manual was developed from work within the National Domestic Violence Health Practice Forum (now called HEVAN, Health Ending Violence and Abuse Now). It is designed to be a flexible resource for health service trainers. It includes a section on ‘Working with perpetrators: indicators of abuse’.

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Good Practice Guidelines for Working with Survivors and/or Perpetrators of Domestic Violence who also use Alcohol and Drugs

Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (2004)

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Controversial Approaches to Working with Violent Men

Greater London Domestic Violence Project (1998)

This guidance highlights why using anger management, individual and couple counselling and self-help abuser groups (‘Abusers Anonymous’) are controversial approaches to working with men who are violent to their female partners. Aimed at practitioners, especially those in the criminal justice system who may refer abusers to programmes that feature these techniques, it notes the need to be aware of how these approaches are being integrated into the programme and be wary of programmes using these methods as their primary intervention.

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How to Deal with Domestic Violence: A self-help book for men who want to change

Freedom From Fear Campaign Against Domestic Violence, Australia (2005)

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Are you abusing someone you love?

Women against Domestic Violence, USA

A checklist for perpetrators to recognise their behaviour as domestic violence.

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Responding to Perpetrators: for safety, accountability, and change

Break the Silence, USA

A one page briefing to help increase understanding of domestic violence perpetration and the potential for change.

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