Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships

SL&RR (formerly Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships or LSSL:RR) uses a community-driven and collaboratively developed model to deliver a peer-led relationships and sexuality program for people with disabilities in local communities. It was developed in collaboration with people with intellectual disability and University researchers.


About SL&RR

SL&RR is for anyone with an intellectual disability who wants to talk about and share ideas about having respectful relationships in their lives.

People with intellectual disability are trained as peer educators to run the program in collaboration with community sexual health and sexual assault response professionals who are trained as program co-facilitators.

Together peer educators and co-facilitators form local networks that work together to promote, further develop and evaluate the program and to connect it to other abuse prevention work locally.

This model and program are unique. It focuses on ideas of rights, privacy and safety within relationships using stories told by people with disability and gathered through life story research. People with disabilities are engaged throughout the program and drive the ongoing development of the model.

Staff

Manager
Patsie Frawley

National Co-ordinator
Amie O'Shea

Program Assistant
Monica Wellington

Researcher 
Millie Olcay

Site liaison and Mentors
Alisha Gilliland
Emily Ardley

Lead Peer Educator
Linda Stokoe

Growing bigger and stronger

This year has seen the program expand to include four new sites:

  • Mornington (Victoria)
  • Northern Metropolitan Melbourne (Victoria)
  • Liverpool (NSW)
  • Blacktown (NSW)

In partnership with Inclusion Melbourne, SL&RR has also received a grant from the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia to work on inclusivity and diversity.

We also ran a number of workshops in 2017 including a:

  • two-day training and information session at Deakin University, Geelong
  • presentation at the 2017 Having a Say Conference

Research and report outcomes

For more detailed information about the program, two associated reports are available for download:

'Real people, Core business: report on the development of a peer led violence and abuse prevention program for people with an intellectual disability'
View on DRO

PDF Adopting mainstream approaches: Taking account of and including people with an intellectual disability in violence and abuse prevention -1005.5KB

Network site contact details

Currently there are SL&RR network sites in the following areas. You can click on each site to learn more.

There are other network sites in NSW and Victoria which are currently under development. You can contact us to talk about areas which are not mentioned here.

Central Victoria

More information on SL&RR in Central Victoria coming soon. To learn more about the Bendigo local network you can contact:

Louise Holland
Community Health Nurse, Bendigo Community Health Services
LouiseHolland@bchs.com.au
03 5448 1600

Melbourne West

More information on SL&RR in Western Melbourne is coming soon. To learn more about the Melbourne West local network you can contact:

Georgia Ride
Health Promotion Officer, Cohealth
Georgia.Ride@cohealth.org.au
03 9680 1136

Barwon

SL&RR Barwon is gearing up to offer several program opportunities in 2017. For more information you can contact:

Natasha Williams
Karingal
natashaw@karingal.org.au
03 5249 8900

Gippsland

More information on SL&RR in Gippsland is coming soon. To learn more about the Gippsland local network you can contact:

Alisha Gilliland
Rural Access Project Officer, South Gippsland Shire Council
Alisha.Gilliland@SouthGippsland.vic.gov.au
03 5662 9376

Mornington Peninsula

SL&RR Mornington Peninsula is gearing up to offer several program opportunities in 2017. For more information you can contact:

Virginia Richardson
Metro Access worker, Mornington Peninsula Shire
virginia.richardson@mornpen.vic.gov.au
03 5950 1630

Melbourne North

SL&RR Melbourne North is gearing up to offer several program opportunities in 2017. For more information you can contact:

Anna Vu
Health Promotion Officer, cohealth
Anna.Vu@cohealth.org.au
03 8398 4199

Sydney West and Sydney South West

SL&RR is being run in trial sites in Sydney West and Sydney South West in early 2017. If you would like more information you can contact:

Zhila Hansaloo
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
zhila.hasanloo@mdaa.org.au
02 9891 6400

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Upcoming events

SL&RR PD Day

Deakin Downtown, Melbourne
25 October 2017

PD Day is a chance for trained Peer Educators and Program Partners from across our sites to gather together, meet each other and create networks.

The theme of the day is ‘working together’ and will include a workshop from an external facilitator on how we can continue to improve our group work and facilitation skills.

The PD day is free but registration must be received by 13 September by email to monica.wellington@deakin.edu.au.

Past events

Having a Say Conference

Geelong, Victoria, February 2017
Presentation by Linda Stokoe, Emily Ardley, Rebecca Davie, Victoria Cini and Amie O’Shea.

Sex, sexuality and the rights of people with a disability forum

Melbourne University, April 2017
Presentation by Linda Stokoe and Patsie Frawley

Family Planning Victoria: The Pleasure Agenda

Melbourne, May 2017
Presentation by Patsie Frawley

Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health; SEXrurality conference

Lancefield, Victoria, August 2017
Keynote plenary presentation by Amie O’Shea, Victoria Cini and Emily Ardley and peer to peer workshop by peer educators and program partners from across the networks.

Deakin University Sexuality Educators Course

Deakin, September 2017

Guest Lectures - Health and Physical Education

Deakin University, July 18, 19 and 21
Presentations by Patsie Frawley.

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Hawaii, USA, October 2017

Professional Development Day - SL&RR, Working Together

Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, October 25

Employing the experts: Sexual lives and respectful relationships peer educators at Deakin University

Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion forum
Melbourne, November 2017

Contact us

Get involved

SL&RR is always growing and looking for new people to participate. If you would like to set up a local SL&RR site network, and would like more information, feel free to get in touch.

We would also love to hear from you. Share your stories and experiences with SL&RR and stay up to date with our growing community.

Email SL&RR on: slrr@deakin.edu.au or give us a call on 03 5227 8353

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