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The Our journey to respect program works with young Indigenous people who have had problems with violence and uses a series of activities to allow them to identify these problems. Once the young people have identified the issues, they then work to develop possible solutions and alternatives. The program provides a supportive environment that aims to encourage honest communication. The young people are shown how to discover the implications of violence and where it may lead their relationships in the future.
The program includes the participation of an Aboriginal Elder that allows program participants the opportunity to learn about and understand their cultural identity. The Our journey to respect program also aims to connect young people to their communities through intergenerational events and activities that benefit 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