Our Vision

To empower and support Portuguese speaking families and individuals in the UK to build safer and happier lives, one person at a time. 

“The Portuguese people are still poorly educated. The ” victim ” does not understand that she is being a victim before escalating. Those who abuse have the passiveness of the victim, their friends,  family of the victim and the blind eye of neighbours…and no one knows where to get help” (survivor of domestic abuse).

Our mission

To reduce and prevent domestic abuse in the Portuguese speaking community living in the UK.

Who we are

Respeito is a  Charity and a company limited by guaranty, founded in November 2016, based in London, in the borough of Lambeth, where an estimated 50.000 Portuguese speakers live.

Respeito is dedicated  to reducing domestic abuse in the Portuguese speaking community by raising awareness of its negative impact and by providing training, support and information to empower people to become agents for change.  Respeito is based on the principles of Equality, Human Rights and Social Integration.

What we do

    • Provide confidential services for men and women at risk of domestic abuse and those affected by it.
    • Provide Information in Portuguese relating to matters of domestic abuse, British law, interventions and prevention.
    • Run campaigns to raise awareness of domestic abuse and its impact.
    • Signpost and enable access to support and services available in the community.
    • Deliver educational workshops for adults and young people, through age appropriate programmes and activities.
    • Interpreting and translating.
    • Counselling service 
    • One -to – one confidential support.

Our people

Respeito is composed of two managing directors, who are responsible for the running and the development of the organisation and a Board od Directors/Trustees who support the directors and oversee the good governance of the Charity.

Meet our Team

Fernanda Correia-Sefzick

 Director -Strategy and Organisational Development

Maria Joao Melo Nogueira 

Director- Partnerships and Operations

Ana Rei 

Wellbeing Facilitator

Ana Err

Psychologist and Facilitator

Board of Directors /Trustees

Dr Vikesh Sharma MBBS MRCP MRCGP MS, GP and Partner at Grantham Practice, Stockwell 

Dr David Porteous – Associate Professor in Criminology, Middlesex University

Dr Isabelle BrodieSenior Research Fellow , Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking,  University of Bedfordshire                           

Dr Timothy Lewin MBBS, BSc

Why we do it

“I want an organisation that represents me, that listens to me. Living in London it is essential to have an organisation like Respeito as a starting point to lead in this work and to support women in our community”. AR

The Portuguese-speaking community is described as law-abiding, hard-working, respectful, family orientated, entrepreneurial and ‘joyful’. They have a shared love of food and conviviality and a strong religious commitment. However, sections of the Portuguese speaking community are at great disadvantage due to a range of complex factors such as socio-economic, education, language barriers and limited cultural understanding of the community they live in. This section of the community is at greater risk of health and wellbeing inequalities.

Domestic abuse consistently has been identified in all the research carried out as an issue for the Portuguese speaking community. Due to language barriers and the stigma attached to domestic abuse many people experiencing it do not get the information and support they need, perpetuating the cycle of abuse.  After months of consultation with community leaders and survivors of domestic abuse, we were moved to act and formed Respeito. We aim to break the barriers and fill the gap in the provision of targeted services.

Where we operate

    • Schools
    • Community venues
    • Partner organisations