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The Our journey to respect program worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who have had problems with violence, and used a series of activities to allow them to identify these problems. Once the young people identified the issues, they then worked to develop possible solutions and alternatives.
The program provided a supportive environment that aimed to encourage honest communication. The young people were shown how to discover the implications of violence and where it may lead their relationships in the future.
The program included the participation of an Aboriginal Elder, which allowed program participants the opportunity to learn about and understand their cultural identity. The Our journey to respect program also aimed to connect young people to their communities through intergenerational events and activities that benefited the community as a whole.
This program was originally developed by the Gilgai Aboriginal Centre in partnership with New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice.
Abstract adapted from Youth Action and Policy Association of New South Wales
Gilgai Aboriginal Centre
2 Bindaree Street
Hebersham NSW 2770
Ph: (02) 9832 3825