STOP It at the Start workshop materials to reduce the cycle of violence against women and their children are being used in new workshops.
The campaign encourages young adults to reflect on their own attitudes and talk about respectful behaviours.
Storybooks, posters and postcards communicate the campaign messages in workshops at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA).
Koolkuna, the Eastern Regional Domestic Services Support Network in Midland, will receive a workshop material pack to review.
“There has been lots of positive feedback about the materials,” AHCWA youth program officer Hayley Thompson said.
“The simple language and pictures were great at capturing people’s attention, and encouraging the group to have conversations around respect.”
Ms Thompson (22) is responsible for co-ordinating the WA Aboriginal Youth Program.
She runs workshops for indigenous people between the ages of 18 and 28, who work in the Western Australian Aboriginal Medical Services.
The AHCWA youth committee is a space for young indigenous people to express their views on various issues and along with health and education, family violence is discussed in AHCWA workshops.
Ms Thompson said committee members found the pictures in the storybook one of the most useful tools in starting the conversation.
“We all agreed the storybook was the most useful resource, as we could relate to, and identify with, the pictures. There was definitely a moment of reflection on our own behaviours,” she said.
English may be a second language for people in domestic violence situations and the illustrations communicate important messages.
“These materials have helped us to have conversations about respect with our youth, and we would encourage others who work with young people to use them as well,” she said.
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