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Respectful relationships education for young people

Dec 04, 2023

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The MNCLHD as part of its Working To Stop Violence Strategy- a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) response initiative – is running pulse articles to raise awareness on DFV.

Love Bites- A Respectful Relationships Education Program

Love Bites is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15 to 17 years. It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns. See the link Love Bites Respectful Relationships Program – NAPCAN

The name, Love Bites, was developed in consultation with young people on the Mid North Coast, with the program originating from staff at Port Macquarie Community Health in 2004. The program was developed in response to community concerns about unhealthy relationships in local high schools.

Love Bites aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. The overall aims of the programs are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively.

When equipped in these areas, the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.

Love Bites coordinators and committees exist across the district, working with local schools to implement the program with facilitators in the community.

The committees are always looking for new members to help deliver the program in a safe and considered way with the growing numbers of students in local schools.

How can you be a part of the Love Bites Education Program?

More information regarding training is available at: Training Schedule – NAPCAN

NSW North Region contacts can be found at: NSW North Coast Region – Love Bites

Local committee contact details can be found at:

Port Macquarie/Hastings: Port Macquarie Love Bites Committee – Love Bites

Macleay Valley: Macleay Valley Love Bites Committee – Love Bites

Nambucca Valley: Nambucca Valley Love Bites Committee – Love Bites

Coffs Harbour: Coffs Harbour Love Bites Committee – Love Bites

Join the MNCLHD in being a part of a program which promotes and role models respectful relationships for young people.

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