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Em‘Power’ing young people to break the cycle of violence against women

Aboriginal young people across the state will learn about respectful relationships in a bid to break the cycle of violence against women thanks to a unique new partnership between the State Government's Office for Women and the Port Adelaide Football Club. Developed in consultation with Aboriginal community leaders, up to 500 students from 65 secondary schools will take part in the new Respectful Relationships program across metropolitan and for the first time, the regions.

The $50,000 program will fund a total of 10 workshops, enabling the Port Adelaide Football Club to expand their already successful existing programs, the Power to End Violence and Empowered. Respectful Relationships is tailored specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The culturally appropriate program will specifically address concerns around family violence in Aboriginal communities.

The new program will engage with young people to not only prevent violence against women but break the cycle before it’s too late. It provides opportunities to facilitate conversations between young people about relationships and to better understand the underlying drivers of violence. Young women in the program will be given the opportunity to attend a one-day leadership training aimed at promoting young women’s leadership and promoting a positive sense of self and identity. Young men will have the opportunity to learn how to be active bystanders and challenge assumptions about gender roles and stereotypes.

The State Government is investing $50,000 in this program, with funding from the Federal Government’s National Partnership on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence response.

The program will run from Term 3 and into early 2022 and includes schools in Port Pirie, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, the Adelaide Hills, South East, Far North, Riverland, Ceduna and Murray Bridge.

Page last updated : 14 Sep 2021

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