DVRCV Main Menu

You are here:

You are here

Respectful relationships education map

Respectful relationships education map

Respectful relationships education map


A. Girls Talk – GuysTalk Health Promoting Schools program

Contact details: Women’s Health West 317-319 Barkly Street Footscray Ph: 9689 9588
Purpose/focus of the program: To build supportive school environments that promote healthy relationships and sexual choices.
Geographical reach: The program can occur in any school anywhere however is currently occurring in Melbourne’s western metropolitan region.
Target age groups: 14 to 15 year olds , however the program would also suit 13 to 14 year olds.
Commitment required from schools: Cost: between $2,000 and $4, 000 per annum. Time: 6 terms Staff: Program co ordinator or key contact person one day per week.
Approach: The program employs the ‘Whole of school’ approach
Specialised training: For principals, teachers and other school staff

B. Gippsland Respectful relationship Education in Schools (GRREiS)

Contact details: Jan Tracey Gippsland Women’s Health Service Ph: 03 51431600
Purpose/focus of the program: A comprehensive whole of school approach (framework) to delivering respectful relationships and sexual assault prevention in secondary schools.
Geographical reach: Gippsland region.
Target age groups: Secondary students – predominantly targeted to years 8 & 9.
Commitment required from schools: GRREiS has an application process, this comprises an initial EOI, followed by a more detailed application. This is expected to be signed off by the School Principal. While there is no up front cost for the school it is expected that the school will allocate a internal program coordinator who has the time available for ensuring aspects of the whole of school approach are achieved. This includes curriculum support, policy review support and meeting attendance. it is also expected that staff will be released for PD components of the program.
Approach: The program employs the ‘Whole of school’ approach
Specialised training: For principals, teachers, school staff and parents

C. Sexual Assault Prevention Program in Secondary Schools (SAPPSS) 

Contact details: 

Purpose/focus of the program: To reduce the incidence of sexual assault in school communities and to enhance the capacity of secondary schools to respond to sexual assault..
Target age groups: Secondary School aged students – Years 9 & 10.
Commitment required from schools: 3 days training for staff to facilitate the program (minimum 3 – 5 trained facilitators); all staff 1 hour PD session; delivery of student program (6 weeks, 1 period per week); additional time for policy development. 
Approach: The program employs the ‘Whole of school’ approach – Curriculum, Policy & Peer Education Program.
Specialised training: For principals, teachers, schools staff and Student peer educators

D. Sexuality Education & Community Support (SECS) program

Contact details: 1) Susan Parker, Health Promotion Officer, Barwon Health Ph: 5260 3551
2) Fred Clarke, Principal, Northern Bay College Ph: 5245 3500
Purpose/focus of the program: Whole school (P-12 & community) engagement in sexuality education – inclusive of gender equity and respectful relationships.
Geographical reach: City of Melbourne, Yarra, Moonee Valley, Morland & Hume.
Target age groups: 5-18yrs & families.
Commitment required from schools: Staff training and coaching, curriculum development, community information (newsletters, presentations…).
Approach: The program employs the ‘Whole of school’ approach.
Specialised training: For teachers, schools staff and parents 

E. Y’s Girl

Contact details: Justine Devonport YWCA Victoria Geelong Ph: 5221 6333
Purpose/focus of the program: Y’s Girl is a practical program for teachers, well being coordinators, youth workers etc to build positive body image, positive peer relationships and self esteem among girls aged 11-14.
Geographical reach: Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo. Train the Trainer program also offered in these regions..
Target age groups: Girls aged 11 – 14.
Commitment required from schools: The program has 8 sessions that can be run weekly, or teachers can choose relevant sessions for their group. YWCA can provide facilitators to come to schools over 8 weeks on a fee for service basis, or teachers can participate in a train the trainer session.
Approach: Curriculum, School, home & community. Can involve parents or presentation to whole of school.
Specialised training: For teachers and staff 

F. The White Ribbon Breaking the Silence in Schools Program

Contact details: Jennifer Mullen from White Ribbon Ph: 02 9045 8416 or
Purpose/focus of the program: Breaking the Silence is a unique program which works to embed models of respectful relationships within both primary and secondary schools to prevent the perpetration of violence against women and girls.
Geographical reach: Currently operating in the Melbourne Metropolitan area and the Grampians region in Victoria, as well as the Sydney Region in NSW . White Ribbon is looking to expand the delivery of this program across the whole of Victoria over the coming years and encourage all interested schools to register their interest.
Target age groups: Primary and secondary aged students.
Commitment required from schools: Attendance by the principal/vice-principal/senior staff member to 3 half day facilitated workshops over the course of a school year. There is no cost to participate in this program.
Approach: The program employs the ‘Whole of school’ approach.
Specialised training: For principals

G. Respect Protect Connect (RPC) Program

Contact details: Female Program co-ordinator: Hayley Wesson –
Male Program co-ordinator: Chris Mitchell – Ph: 9928 8741 Website:
Facebook Page:
Purpose/focus of the program: Promoting healthy relationships and anti-violence strategies to young people.
Geographical reach: The program can occur in any school anywhere however is currently occurring in Melbourne’s western metropolitan region.
Target age groups: Years 7 through to year 12.
Commitment required from schools: Minimum 60 minutes for each workshop per class in (same gender sessions). 90 -100 minute sessions are more ideal (or within a double period). For a whole day workshop for both genders it is $396. One teacher is needed to sit in on each workshop and basic whiteboard and dvd playing facilities are required.
Approach: The RPC program is a preventative proactive program, that allows schools to book the program for health and welfare days with a selected yearl level or the RPC program can form part of the existing PE, health or human development curriculum.
Specialised training: Information is provided to both students and teachers who participate in the workshops. Teachers who participate/ observe the workshops gain information regarding the program. SECASA’s services are promoted and are available to the students, teachers and school if required.

H. Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships

Contact details: Dr Patsie Frawley, Living with Disabilities research group LaTrobe University Bundoora. Ph: 94793041
Purpose/focus of the program: A peer education program ran for and by people with an intellectual disability.
Geographical reach: Currently running in Victoria and Tasmania.
Target age groups: People with an intellectual disability.
Commitment required from schools: Costs include payment for peer educators.
Approach: The program is not school specific
Specialised training: Peer educators and co-facilitators are trained by the University to run the program.

I. Be The Hero!

Contact details: Paul Zappa Ph: 0488 552 114
Purpose/focus of the program: Promote men leading respectful relationships with women and becoming safe, active bystanders in the prevention of mens violence against women.
Geographical reach: All of Victoria and some National sites.
Target age groups: 15 – 19 yrs.
Commitment required from schools: Free online program with free facilitator training 4 x 50min sessions.
Approach: The program employs the ‘Whole of school’ approach.
Specialised training: For teachers and school staff.

J. You, Me and Us

Contact details: Django Love from Women’s Health West.  (03) 9689 9588 or 
Purpose/focus of the program: Respectful relationships education
Geographical reach: The western region of Melbourne
Target age groups: 10 to 13 year olds and 18 to 24 year olds
Commitment required from schools: We deliver to schools, universities and TAFE, sporting clubs and youth organisations.  The only commitment is to send an adult from their group/school or club to a professional development session.
Approach: Peer educator model
Specialised training: Peer educator training and professional development for adults in settings.

K. Respectful Community Initiative

Contact details: Mathew Kerr, Responsible Community Initiative Project Officer, Monash University. (03) 9905 9496 or
Purpose/focus of program: A primary prevention strategy aimed at preventing sexual and interpersonal violence within the Monash University Community. It takes a whole of community approach to addressing violence and promoting respectful and equitable gender relations.
Geographical reach: Monash University, all Australian campuses (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Parkville and Peninsula)
Approach: A Whole of Community approach that includes facilitating discussion groups, providing targeted presentations explaining how to create and maintain a respectful community and creating promotional campaigns to help promote the creation of a safe, welcoming and inclusive community
Specialised training: The whole Monash Community, with a focus on sporting teams, students living on residence and Monash Clubs, Societies, Associations and Unions. 

L. We Can Do It: Good Samaritan Inn Prevention Project 

Contact details: Dr Christine Dew, from Good Samaritan Inn,
Purpose/focus of project: To work with each schools' unique culture, capacity, resources and needs toward embedding respectful relationships in a whole-of-school approach.
Geographic reach: Currently in the Northern Metropolitan region but the project is not limited to this area.
Target age group: Secondary students beginning at Year 10, working toward the whole school. School leadership, teaching and counselling staff are also targeted.
Commitment required from schools: The We Can Do It project runs for three years. School reference and planning groups meet regularly with project coordinator. Class and staff time for program delivery and other commitments as determined by each planning group.
Approach: Whole of school approach aims towards cultural change including staff development, policy and procedures, parents, curriculum and vertical integration where possible.
Specialised training: For teachers and school staff and community mentors

M. Sex Young People and the Law 

Contact details: Angela Costi from Victorian Legal Aid on (03) 9269 0382 or
Purpose/focus of program: To reduce young people's involvement in the justice system by engaging them early via interactive legal education sessions on sexual relationships (consent and age of consent), cyberbullying and sexting; To improve young people's access to legal aid and demystify the authoritarian role of a lawyer by having a lawyer present these sessions; To empower young people to make informed decisions on these topics with an improved understanding of the legal consequences of their choices.
Geographical reach: Victoria wide
Target age group: Years 7-10
Commitment required from schools: Ideally 4 sessions; Pre-session preparation with students; Post session follow up.
Approach: Strong legal focus, with healthy relationship messages within the content. 
Specialised training: All presenters are either lawyers or have strong legal education experience. Longer-term capacity strengthening involving training and supporting schools and youth-education providers to deliver the content.