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DVRCV, who developed ‘Love: The good, the bad & the ugly’, has been producing innovative and award winning resources to support Respectful Relationships Education (RRE) with young people for over two decades.

What is RRE ?

RRE is a youth-focused strategy for the prevention of violence against women. Respectful relationships programs address the determinants of violence against women: which are gender stereotypes and rigid forms of masculinity and femininity. RRE also helps young people to learn about what respectful relationships are like, how to recognise the warning signs that someone is using control or abuse in a relationship and how to get help. RRE programs are usually delivered in high schools with the support of community organisations but, importantly, should also be delivered in non-school settings (youth services, etc) to young people who are not engaged in school.

Work with high-school aged students is particularly important because that’s often when young people are starting their first intimate relationships and when adherence to gender stereotypes is at its most rigid.

Most of DVRCV’s RRE resources are aimed at 14-25 year olds. However, you can find out about resources for other age groups (primary schools, universities) as well as news, research summaries and evaluation tools via the Partners in Prevention website.

As well as creating booklets and websites made for young people, DVRCV, through its Partners in Prevention program has also created a wide range of resources to support professionals such as teachers, social workers, student wellbeing officers, etc to deliver best practice respectful relationships education.

DVRCV resources for educators

Professionals are also encouraged to contact the PiP Coordinator by phone or email to discuss options for introducing longer-term RRE programs to schools and other youth organisations. Evidence shows that in order to have a lasting and sustainable impact on young people and the school community ‘one off’ RRE sessions should be replaced by more substantive, ongoing whole of school approaches.

Complementary RRE resources

These are some of the PiP Coordinator’s favorite supporting resources for schools which have been produced by other organisations

  • That’s Not CoolIncludes RRE posters and videos with a focus on texting, sexting and online stalking
  • Relationship Things:  This resource produced by the YWCA includes activities, teacher’s guides, etc
  • Love Control:  this video is an excellent resource to open up discussions around controlling relationships and non-physical forms of violence
  • Bystander VideoThis video is appropriate for older teens and is focused on the role of bystanders in preventing sexual assault

Contact

For more information about these or other respectful relationships education resources please contact the PiP Coordinator:

Email: prevention@dvrcv.org.au

Ph: 03 8346 5200

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