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GIVE RESPECT: Training to identify and prevent peer-to-peer and partner violence

There is increasing recognition within Australian universities of the harm caused to students who experience sexual violence, partner violence, and/or are targeted by discriminatory interactions.

Openly violent acts through to minor micro-aggressions all have potential to harm student wellbeing, with some cohorts being particularly vulnerable (e.g., international, LGTBQI, Indigenous students). There are increasing calls within Australia for the fostering of respectful attitudes and behaviours within all forms of relationships. By nurturing the health and wellbeing of the Monash student community, GIVE RESPECT will nudge students towards building positive social norms and behaviours around respectful relationships.

The GIVE RESPECT goals are to increase student:

  1. awareness of the signs of peer/partner violence
  2. understanding that sexist, demeaning, and disrespectful attitudes and behaviours cause harm
  3. willingness to speak out against disrespectful language/behaviour
  4. competency in finding resources to help support friends/peers, and if violence has already occurred where to seek help

The GIVE RESPECT team understand that achieving these goals requires engaging with students and bringing them on board the learning process. As such, students will be central “co-creators” of the training materials. In achieving these goals, GIVE RESPECT will take a lead role in tackling the issue of family/partner/peer violence through fostering awareness, fostering positive behaviours, and developing pro-active skills.

Project contact
Prof Jan Coles
Department of General Practice,
Monash University

Funding Body
Inter-faculty transformation Grant,
Monash University

Project start & End Dates
January 2017 – September 2018

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