Youth Websites

The Line - Australian Government

Website: www.theline.gov.au
The Line is a campaign managed by the Australian Government's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. It aims "to increase the knowledge of young people about the components of a respectful relationship including communication, trust and consideration for others in developing and maintaining healthy relationships; the components and forms of intimate partner violence (including cyber bullying and harassment) and sexual assault; and the effects of violence on relationships." The Line also aims to increase "positive behaviours in relationships, including open communication across genders; listening to and valuing others' opinions; and trust, consideration, courtesy and respect." The website contains information and resources about how to have a respectful relationship, as well as an online discussion forum. (The Line)

Chat First

Website: www.chatfirst.com.au
Chat First is "a website for children and teens whose parents have separated or divorced". This website has information to help young people understand their parents’ separation and the things to expect after parents separate. It also has information for teenagers who are having trouble coping after their parents’ separation, as well as tips for dealing with anger, sadness, and changes at school. You can also find out about family violence and abuse if you or a family member does not feel safe. (Chat First).

Bursting the Bubble

Website: www.burstingthebubble.com
Bursting the Bubble is a website designed for young people. This website "tells you what you can do if someone in your family is hurting or abusing you or another member of your family". It talks about the steps you can take to work it out, making a ‘safety plan’, and services you can contact. Bursting the Bubble also has true stories from young people about how they coped with domestic violence in their families. (Bursting the Bubble).

South East Centre Against Sexual Assault: Information for teenagers

Website: http://www.secasayouth.com.au/
This website has information for young people about sexual assault and rape. It answers questions such as what is sexual abuse, what is violence, and what if rape happens to you. There are also fact sheets for teenage girls and boys about rape. (SECASA).

That’s Not Cool

Website: http://www.thatsnotcool.com
That’s Not Cool is an interactive website featuring videos on relationship issues, particularly focusing on how new technologies affect young people’s relationships. As well as videos, the site has an e-card section, where you can download relationship messages to your phone, email or webpage. It also has a ‘Need Help’ section, offering advice on what you can do if you are being abused, if you think you’re being abusive, or if you know someone who is. The site has been developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Ad Council.

Reach Out!

Website: http://au.reachout.com
Reach Out! is a website for young people focusing on mental health issues and wellbeing. It has a section on safety and violence. This section of the website has information about different types of violence, what you can do about it and ways to make sure you are safe. There is also a section on Family and relationships. The site includes fact sheets on topics such as abusive relationships, anger, bullying, child abuse, cyber bullying, domestic violence, personal safety, sexual assault and harassment. (Reach Out!). The site links to Reach Out Central website: http://roc.reachout.com.au/flash/index.html an interactive online game which is about “test-driving life”, designed “to help you improve and learn skills for life” (Reach Out Central).

Children, Youth & Women’s Health Service

Website: http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicCategories.aspx?p=291
This website has a section on teen health, with one of the topics looking at relationships. It looks at what is violence, the effects of violence, how to keep yourself safe and what to do if you are being violent. If you need information about similar topics such as healthy relationships and family breakdown, you can go to this website. (CYW Health Service).

Youth Says No

Website: http://www.youthsayno.wa.gov.au
The Youth Says No website has "helpful information for young people about family and domestic violence, dating violence and how to support your friend if they are being abused". This website answers questions such as what is family and domestic violence, what is child abuse, what is dating violence and what types of abuse are there. It also has tips for young people about how to keep safe. (Youth Says No).

Love is not abuse

Website: http://www.loveisnotabuse.com
Love is not abuse is a website that has been designed for young people. If you are having trouble understanding what dating violence is and would like to know more, this website has information, facts and a quiz about dating violence among teenagers. This website also has the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of dealing with someone who is experiencing violence and someone who is being violent. (Love is not abuse).

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Website: http://lovegoodbadugly.com/
This website is a guide for young people about abuse in relationships. ‘When Love Hurts’ talks about what is abuse, why does abuse happen and how common it is. There are also true stories from young people who have been abused. This website has a quiz and a checklist which can help you decide whether your relationship is a healthy (non-violent) one. If you think you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, you can complete the quiz or checklist on this website which can help you see some of the usual signs of abuse in relationships. (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

Futures without violence

Website: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

Futures without violence “works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.” This organisation has worked for over two decades and has a resourceful website, providing information on programs relating to Children and Families, Judicial, Global Prevention, Health Care, Immigrant women, Public Policy, Workplace and Teens.

Relationship Things – YWCA Canberra

Website: http://www.ywca-canberra.org.au/community_resources/relationship_things

Relationship Things is a free community resource produced by the YWCA Canberra. The program targets mixed youth groups with some single-gendered activities (14-16 and 16-18). The resources aim to “better equip young people with the tools to develop and maintain safe and respectful relationships”. The YWCA’s ‘Relationships Things’ program also has a training component, to “support youth workers to develop violence prevention programs for young people who are outside the mainstream school system”. For more information, visit the YWCA Canberra’s Relationship Things website.

Headroom

Website: http://www.headroom.net.au
Headroom is a website concerning positive mental health. It has many sections, with content provided by young people. Other information is provided for parents and friends, for professionals and service providers, and a news section.

Somazone

Website: http://www.somazone.com.au
Somazone is a website developed by the Australian Drug Foundation for young people. It includes personal stories, fact sheets, plus Q&A sections on drugs, body image, sexual health, harassment and relationships.

Other

Men Can Stop Rape

Website: http://www.mencanstoprape.org
This American organisation “mobilizes male youth to prevent men's violence against women”. It build young men's capacity to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, to value alternative visions of male strength, and to embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equity (MCSR). The site includes a blog, posters (“My strength is not for hurting”), links to campaign materials (including youth programs), and other resources.

White Ribbon

Website: http://www.whiteribbonday.org.au
The White Ribbon Foundation of Australia aims to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue. The major strategies to achieve this are a national media campaign as well as education & male leadership programs aimed at men and boys around Australia. (WRD)

XY Online

Website: http://www.xyonline.net
XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men’s and women’s lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change. (XY)