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.

Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships website

Staff

Manager
Patsie Frawley

National Co-ordinator
Amie O'Shea

Program Assistant
Monica Wellington

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
+61 3 5227 8353

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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'
Read on DRO

PDF Adopting mainstream approaches: Taking account of and including people with an intellectual disability in violence and abuse prevention1005.5KB

Network site contact details

Central Victoria

slrr@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 5227 3020

Barwon

slrr@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 5227 3020

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
+61 3 5662 9376

Melbourne South East

Jess Elsworth
Women’s Health in the South East
jelsworth@whise.org.au

Western Sydney

Ee-Lin Chang
Family Planning NSW
eelinc@fpnsw.org.au
+61 2 8752 4304

Blue Mountains

Cherie Brandon
Blue Mountains Womens Health and Resource Centre
cherie@bmwhrc.org
+61 2 4782 5133

Synapse

The Synapse site in Sydney runs a specific SL&RR program for people with brain injury.

Sonya Green
Synapse Australia
sgreen@synapse.org.au
+61 432 165 300

Events

Past 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.

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