Expect Respect - USA
A school based educational programme promoting safe and healthy relationships for young people.
Type of intervention
Classroom setting, individual work, group work, counselling
Target groups, level of prevention and subgroups
Children and Young People (Victims) | Primary prevention | Children (6-11 years), Young People (12-17 years), Young Adults (18-20 years), Adults (21+ years) | Male and female | Classroom setting, individual work, group work, counselling | English
Children and Young People (Victims) | Tertiary prevention | Children (6-11 years), Young People (12-17 years), Young Adults (18-20 years), Adults (21+ years) | Male and female | Classroom setting, individual work, group work, counselling | English
Communities and Families | Primary prevention | Children (6-11 years), Young People (12-17 years), Young Adults (18-20 years), Adults (21+ years) | Male and female | Classroom setting, individual work, group work, counselling | English
Situations/Places | Schools and other organisations working with children and young people | Classroom setting, individual work, group work | English
Children and young people aged 9 -19 years.
The Expect Respect program was developed and is delivered through the SAFE Alliance, Austin, Texas, USA
Mode and context of delivery
The Expect Respect programme is a school based programme promoting safe and healthy relationships for children and young people aged 9 -19 years. It works to:
- Support youth in healing from past abuse
- Raise expectations for equality and respect in relationships
- Enhance safety and respect on school campuses
- Promote youth leadership in violence prevention
It has four main components:
- Counseling and support groups
- Educational Theatre program
- Teen Leadership program
- Training for School and Community Partners
This information has been taken from www.safeaustin.org/expectrespect
Level/nature of staff expertise required
The counseling program is delivered by licensed counselors, educated to Masters’ level,
The educational theatre and leadership programs are delivered by prevention educators.
Intensity/extent of engagement with target group(s)
Support group sessions for children grades 3-5 include 16 curriculum-based sessions; 24 curriculum-based sessions for youth grades 6-12. Individual counseling provided as needed. Educational theatre and youth leadership programs vary based on program component and include rehearsals and performances, campus-based leadership activities and a 5-week, summer youth leadership academy.
Description of intervention
Please see current website https://www.safeaustin.org/our-services/prevention-and-education/expect-respect/
Creighton, Allan and Kivel, Paul. Young Men’s Work: Stopping Violence & Building Community. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1995. (www.hazelden.org)
Elliott, Delbert S. editor, Olweus, D. and Limber, S., Blueprints for Violence Prevention: Book Nine: Bullying Prevention Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science University of Colorado at Boulder, Campus Box 439, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0439, (303) 492-8465, 1999.
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Rosenbluth, B. Expect Respect: A School-Based Programme Promoting Safe and healthy Relationships for Youth. Published by the National Resource Centre on Domestic Violence (www.vawnet.org)
Drawing the Line: A Guide to Developing Effective Sexual Assault Prevention Programs for Middle School Students. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2000. 409 12th Street SW, PO Box 96920 Washington, DC 20090- 6920, (202) 638-5577. (www.acog.org)
For more information on SAFE and the Expect Respect program, please contact:
Senior Director for Expect Respect Program
Address: SAFE, P.O. Box 19454 Austin, Texas 78760
Telephone: 001 (512) 356-1628 or 001 (512) 385-0662
Information correct at April 2020