Youth Ally Project

Youth AllyYoung people are disproportionately affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, as witnesses, victims and perpetrators.

We know that preventing domestic, family and sexual violence requires deep and lasting transformation of individual and social attitudes, beliefs, norms, practices and structures that drive violence.

The Youth Ally project is being delivered by WHEQ, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Prevention Council and LGAQ, which adds to the existing strengths of young people. Providing engaged groups with education and tools and ongoing support, Youth Ally enables the creation of grass-roots initiatives that contribute to the prevention of violence and safer communities.

In 2021, Youth Ally worked with regional Youth Councils in Fraser Coast, Townsville, Gladstone and Aurukun to build capacity and enable action, creating primary prevention projects in their community.

In 2022, we are open to delivering the workshops to any interested parties, including schools, youth centres etc. If you would like to learn more about the program and how to get involved, please email facilitator Charlotte at engage@wheq.org.au.

This is a multifaceted project, offering workshops to assist participants to

  • Understand gender;
  • Deconstruct stereotypes;
  • Identify and challenge the drivers of violence and;
  • Navigate respect and consent in their own relationships.

Workshops go on to offer young leaders the key skills they need to:

  • Be an Ally to friends and loved ones experiencing violence, by recognising red flags that may be pre-cursors to abuse and to prevent and reduce the various forms of violence and abuse that occur between family members and in intimate partner relationships.
  • Undertake basic primary prevention, and facilitates the creation of a primary prevention campaign or initiative by the young people for their peers and wider community.