Vi­o­lence put in the pic­ture

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

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. For copies, con­tact info@33cre­ative.com.au or call 02 9516 3466.

Hay­ley Thomp­son and the Abo­rig­i­nal Youth Pro­gram com­mit­tee mem­bers look over the re­sources.

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