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As one of Australia’s only respectful relationships program delivered in primary schools, Respect, Communicate, Choose (RCC) is an evidence-based 8 week program which aims to give young people aged 9-12 years old the tools and support to develop, promote and perpetuate equal, safe and respectful relationships, with the ultimate goal of preventing violence against women.

The program is designed to prevent violence before it occurs by supporting young people to:

  • Challenge attitudes that are based on gender inequality.
  • Build their knowledge and skills to develop relationships that are non-violent and respectful.
  • Encourage young people to think about the consequences of their behaviour on themselves and other people.
  • Empower participants to become active bystanders and advocates for violence prevention in their community and within their peer groups.

Students undertaking the program participate in creative and age appropriate activities that help them build the knowledge and skills to practice respect and equality in the classroom, in the playground, at home and beyond.

Respect, Communicate, Choose was developed in partnership with the YWCA Canberra, in response to evidence that there is a gap in these services for children in this age group.

The program was initially funded under the Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and the Children, and is currently delivered in SA and ACT.


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Delivered in high schools, Relationship Things builds on RCC, and is a respectful relationships program aimed at young people aged 13-17. Also aligned with best practice for primary prevention, Relationship Things can be delivered over eight weeks and tailored to different age groups. The sessions cover topics including respect, relationships, communication, diversity, gender equality, respect in an online environment, safe sex and consent.

Respect, Communicate, Choose and Relationship Things are both reviewed and updated to reflect continual improvement principles, and strengthen the evaluation component.


Teaching Respect Ed

Teaching Respect Ed is a comprehensive 2-day training program that gives teachers the knowledge and expertise to effectively deliver primary prevention training for violence against women. It provides educators with the practical knowledge of gender theory, the power structures that inform women’s experiences of violence, principles of diversity and inclusivity, and delivery methods for primary prevention programs.

At the conclusion of the training participants will:

  • understand the causes of violence against women and girls and use this knowledge to improve student learning
  • understand how to organise content to plan for learning experiences about gender equality and inequality
  • understand how to apply knowledge of gender equality to develop engaging learning activities
  • understand the legislative requirements to ensure students’ wellbeing and safety

*Teaching Respect Ed was developed by YWCA Canberra and the licencing process will be facilitated through YWCA Canberra.

To find out more or to book a program contact Jemma Taylor on 82039400 or email