Love Bites consists of two interactive workshops followed by a creative session. The interactive workshops engage students on real life scenarios in both domestic and family violence and sexual assault awareness. Love Bites covers a variety of subjects from consent, what a healthy relationship should look like, case studies, sexual offences, through to tapping into the student’s creativity in the form of artwork demonstrating key phrases learnt in the interactive sessions. Love Bites challenges the stereotypes young people may have about these very important issues and encourages young people to make good, respectful decisions when it comes to domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Other aims of the program include challenging gender stereotypes, attitudes and values that perpetrate male violence against women, and deconstruct myths that exist in the hopes to bring attitudinal changes. Love Bites is aimed at young people aged 15-17 years. The program can be delivered in most school-based settings including youth justice, alternative education programs and any other school-based program. The program is designed to be delivered over a full day however can be delivered in separate sessions upon request.
The CCRDFV has been presenting the Love Bites Program in the Gladstone Region since 2013 and is currently presented to approximately 800 youth across the Gladstone Region yearly. The artwork produced by the students in the program is displayed in the Gladstone Art Gallery throughout the month of May for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month as well as being utilised in future awareness campaigns and yearly calendars.
The CCRDFV are also involved in the presentation of Love Bites Junior which is aimed at Year 7 to Year 9 students. The Love Bites Junior program covers respectful relationships age appropriate to these younger students and includes use of technology, bullying,
stereotypes, gender, jealousy, sexual harassment, homophobia, discrimination, jealousy,
warning signs and more. Love Bites Junior is available on request through the CCRDFV.
If you are interested in bringing the Love Bites program at your school/program please Contact Us
The EMP is sponsored by NRG (can we insert link?) and run by a qualified female mechanic who volunteers her time and knowledge in a very relaxed and safe environment ensuring the best learning opportunities for participants. The EMP is open to all members of the public: male, female and youth learning to drive, and private or closed sessions can also be offered to ensure the privacy of clients. If you would like to inquire about a private EMP session for your staff or clients or for details of upcoming public sessions of the program click here.
OUR Programs & Initiatives
Paint the Town Purple
Have you seen purple ribbons are around the Gladstone Region, particularly in the month of May? This is one initiative that the CCRDFV utilise to raise awareness of the insidious nature of DFV and the work of the CCRDFV. Why Purple? We thought you would never ask! Besides being the colour of the CCRDFV, the colour purple traditionally symbolizes justice and dignity – two values strongly associated with equality. Equality is an expectation that we all hold dear when we are in a respectful relationship. Sadly, we all know that in an unhealthy relationship, where DFV exists, the perpetrator of DFV exerts power and control over another, a person they claim to love. Paint the town purple is one of the biggest awareness campaigns of the CCRDFV. During the month of May the challenge is to ‘Paint the Town Purple’ but we can’t do this alone. This is where we ask you to ‘Paint the Town Purple’ within your own circles of influence. There are a number of ways your business, school, club or team can get behind painting the town purple during DV Awareness Month. We have seen schools dress purple for a day, purple raffles, purple sports events, purple morning teas, what could you do?