To become a Respect member, you must agree to the following principles
1. Increasing safety
The organisation aims to increase the safety of those at risk of experiencing domestic abuse. This includes providing information and support to victims of abuse (if this is part of the services’ remit) in order to empower them and to develop their ability to increase their own and their children’s safety.
2. Assessing and managing risk
The organisation identifies and understands risk in relation to domestic violence and communicates this effectively with other professionals in order to contribute to the management of domestic abuse risks.
3. Co-ordinated community response
Organisations will contribute to the development of a co-ordinated community response to domestic violence. This will include advocating that responses to domestic abuse both prioritise the safety of those at risk and hold perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable for their behaviour.
4. Provide services which understand and respond to the needs of a diverse community
Organisations will be actively engaged in identifying the needs of the community in which they work in regards to domestic abuse. From this understanding, organisations take steps to provide services that respect the diversity of the community in which they work and to ensure that clients are supported to access its services on an equitable basis.
5. Promote respectful relationships
Organisations will promote the principle that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and they will specifically provide interventions which challenge, support and encourage perpetrators of domestic abuse to engage in respectful relationships (if they work with perpetrators).
6. Promoting accountability
Organisations will provide services which have strong mechanisms in place to ensure internal, external accountability and transparency. This must include the involvement survivors of domestic violence in the development and review of services.
7. Social change
Organisations will be working to develop and promote wider social changes that would support a community-wide intolerance of domestic abuse. To work in a way that recognises the nature, prevalence, incidence, dynamics and effects of domestic abuse.
8. Highly competent response
The organisation will work to ensure that their staff provide a highly competent, professional, informed response to members of the public and other professionals.