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Respect Phoneline is an anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their partners and families. We provide specialist advice and guidance to help people change their behaviours and support for those working with domestic abuse perpetrators.

If you’re working with a perpetrator of domestic abuse, call us free for confidential advice and information.

How we help

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance on working with domestic abuse perpetrators safely. We’ll explain why anger management courses, mediation and couples counselling are not safe interventions and signpost you to local domestic violence perpetrator programmes instead.


Webchat for professionals working with perpetrators of domestic abuse

Are you a professional seeking support and guidance on working with perpetrators of domestic abuse? A member of the Drive Project team is here to help.

A Drive Expert Advisor is available to offer free support and guidance via webchat every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 10am-12pm and 2-4pm for 6 months, starting on Thursday 28 May.

This service is available to all professionals – Social Workers, Probation Officers, Mental Health and Health Care professionals, Domestic Violence Advisors, Police Officers etc.

To access the webchat click the ‘launch webchat’ icon below, during the opening hours. If you need this service outside of these times, please email A Drive Project team member will respond to you as soon as possible.


Please note: The guidance and support offered by the Drive Expert Advisors is not legal advice. All practitioners should follow their own organisation’s Safeguarding Procedures, Health and Safety guidance and Business and Contingency protocols. All guidance and advice given on the chat should be taken through line management structure within your organisations and be in line with organisational policies. This is a complex area of work and we would suggest that cases are treated on a case by case basis.  

Under Data Protection legislation, it is important that you do not share sensitive information such as names over the webchat forum.

For more information:

Respect Phoneline and Drive webchat for professionals guidance

The Respect Phoneline helped me gain clarity on how to support my client, and provided me with a specialist organisation to refer my client onto to get the support he needs. I now feel confident with next steps with this client, and reassured about my counselling interventions with him so far. Thank you!
A counsellor’s feedback on the Respect Phoneline.



Promotional materials

Respect Phoneline display poster

Respect Phoneline leaflet for perpetrators

Respect Phoneline leaflet for Frontline Workers



Information, practice and research

Working with the cause of the problem
Read about the social and economic benefits in working with domestic violence perpetrators, and the costs and risks if we don’t.

RIC Respect version to use directly with perpetrators

Respect risk identification checklist to use with perpetrators

Roadmap for frontline professionals interacting with male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse to ensure a coordinated multi-agency response.

Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes – Steps towards change
Do domestic violence perpetrator programmes (DVPPs) actually work in reducing men’s violence and abuse and increasing the freedom of women and children?

This report by the Project Mirabal, written by Liz Kelly and Nicole Westmarland, offers evidence. Project Mirabal is a programme of research, combining a multi-site longitudinal study of the impacts of perpetrator programmes with two linked PhDs.

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