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Control and violence in young people’s relationships is being recognised as the serious and widespread problem it is. And people are getting creative with ways to prevent it – from street theatre to school programs to phone callout cards.

What are people trying to do? Why?

Many people are working to stop controlling behaviour and violence in relationships before it happens. One way to look at dating abuse is as a health issue, like smoking.

Now there’s have information and support to quit smoking, rather than only support people after get get very sick from smoking.

If one partner is controlling or violent in a relationship, it makes the other person unwell – from physical injuries/and or sexual assault that may happen, and poor mental health with stress, low self-esteem, anxiety and trauma.

Abuse in relationships is a serious health issue and we can treat it like one, by trying to prevent it happening in the first place.

Bystander campaigns

Encouraging people to step in when they see dating abuse happen, if it’s safe to do so.

Know your power: (USA) Posters and advice.

Ring the Bell: (India) Videos, map, blog, contests and TV ads.

Getting people thinking and talking

  • 150 students from 17 schools in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, had a group forum on “Love, Sex, Dating, and Relationships.” People talked about when to have sex, friends with benefits, what a relationship was and dating violence.
  • Happy Bodies Consent is Sexy!: One of the aims of V-day is preventing sexual violence in your community. An issue at Carleton College in Minnesota, USA, is communication and consent so Irene and Beth from Carleton College asked students to write down how they ask for consent in a sexy way.

Post-it notes from the Consent is Sexy project, Carleton College

School programs

The Australian federal government is testing a “respectful relationships” program in Victorian schools this year. Many schools run their own program about relationships already.

Does your school? Talk to your Welfare Coordinator, School Nurse or Counsellor about starting one.

Websites

Callout cards from That's Not Cool website: Click to download or share

That’s Not Cool: Your cell phone, IM, and social networks are all a digital extension of who you are. When someone you’re with pressures you or disrespects you in those places. This website has heaps of awesome callout cards you can send on your phone, through Facebook or email.

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