The Stop. Think. Say no to Family Violence Program is designed to teach young people how to have healthy and respectful relationships by raising awareness of family and domestic violence – and its implications – through a combination of classroom lessons and physical activities.
Developed and presented by former Canberra Raiders captain, Alan Tongue, in conjunction with Barnardos Australia and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT, the program draws on the story of domestic violence victim, Angela Barker, and her 'Loves Me, Loves Me Not' DVD.
How it works
The Stop. Think. Say no to Family Violence Program is about helping to change the culture of family and domestic violence through education and the engagement of Canberra’s young people (school students and sporting club participants) in the national conversation.
The program articulates up-to-date statistics and types of family violence (in an age-appropriate way), while demonstrating the ripple effect of domestic violence on communities around Australia, through participation in specifically-designed physical activities.
What are the key benefits?
The Stop. Think. Say no to Family Violence Program provides the following key benefits:
Contributes to changing attitudes and behaviours to prevent future violence Delivers powerful and positive messages about healthy and respectful relationships Provides practical skills on how to stand up to family and domestic violence Connects participants with appropriate/relevant services, if required.
Who will benefit?
The Stop. Think. Say no to Family Violence Program is designed to reach the following people:
Public and private secondary school students in the ACT, Year 10 and above All sporting clubs in the ACT, for participants 16 years and above Teachers (and other staff) as well as coaches and sports administrators – to help them support young people experiencing or witnessing possible family violence.
How is the program run?
The Stop. Think. Say no to Family Violence Program runs for 1.5 hours and is presented by Alan Tongue. Sessions can be tailored to the needs of each school or sporting club. The recommended group size is between 25-30 participants, with groups separated into male and female, to help ensure everyone has the opportunity to actively participate.
Each face-to-face session comprises a classroom presentation based on the ‘Loves Me, Loves Me Not’ DVD followed by physical activities and drills, which are grounded in the concepts of family violence self-awareness and healthy and respectful relationships.
How to get involved
Please contact Michelle Vaessen-McLean, Barnardos Australia, for further information.
Phone: (02) 6228 9582 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org