The S.T.A.R. Project is aimed at and delivered to small groups of teenagers and young people in order to prevent young people from entering abusive relationships or developing abusive behaviours in the future. This project explores their attitudes towards their own relationships that they are currently in or are about to begin. The sessions work best when they are small in number, as they feel safe and able to share; the groups can be made up of same or mixed gender groups. The young people are encouraged to share their opinions and to challenge each other through discussion and watching DVD’s. The groups are aimed to be fun, engaging and thought provoking.
The project is divided into topics which can be delivered over a number of sessions, or a one-off more targeted session can be delivered if that is required. The session topics include: ‘what is domestic abuse’ and the cycle of abuse which people can find themselves in; who or where they can go for help. Healthy and unhealthy relationships are discussed and explored and so too is gender stereotyping and attitudes in relationships.
The STAR project has been delivered to groups in High Schools, Youth Clubs Youth Forums and Colleges.
‘The sessions were well structured, varied and tailored to the students’ needs.’
‘We believe these sessions are an invaluable resource and should be run alongside other schemes on a permanent basis’.
‘The facilitators explained the types of abuse and the cycle of abuse really well. The delivery was thorough but informal which worked really well for the group.’
‘These sessions were excellent and the young people really enjoyed it. I think they are really important, as it makes them think about what is healthy for them in relationships.’
Young people’s feedback
Following the sessions 100% said their knowledge of domestic abuse was now ‘very good’.
61% said the sessions were very good. 26% they were good. 13% said they were ok. 0 said they were boring – and for teenagers that’s great news!
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