Rory’s background is in criminal justice social work. Starting in 1991 he worked in the Domestic Violence Probation Project in Edinburgh, a court mandated service for men convicted of domestic violence offences where he was co-developer of the men’s programme and has also managed the Safer Families Edinburgh Project (formerly Working with Men) which offers various services to agencies and to families affected by domestic abuse, all rooted in the principle of holding abusive men accountable for their behaviour and making expectations of them to change. Rory was one of the authors of the practice manuals for the Caledonian system, accredited in 2009 for roll out across Scotland. Rory was a founder member of Respect.
Rory is currently seconded to the Scottish Government as National Co-ordinator of the Caledonian System overseeing the latest phase of the roll-out of the Caledonian.
In 1998 Rory spent six months working on the men’s programme at the Djerriwarrh Community Health Centre in Melton, Victoria, Australia.