WA Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program

A primary prevention program which focuses on building respectful relationships and gender equality from an early age, to prevent family and domestic violence before it starts.

Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program (RRTSP) is a pilot program currently being delivered in primary and secondary public schools across Western Australia.

Respectful relationships programs create generational change, break the cycle of family and domestic violence and stop violence before it occurs.

Western Australia’s program uses a whole of school approach and supports school staff in WA public schools to deliver Respectful Relationships material within the context of the curriculum.

It aims to give teachers the skills to support students to build relationships characterised by non-violence, equality, mutual respect, and trust.

About the program

Primary prevention initiatives like RRTSP are a priority area of Path to Safety: Western Australia’s strategy to reduce family and domestic violence 2020-2030.

The program commenced in 2019 with a $1 million commitment from the State Government to provide an evidence-based respectful relationships program suitable for delivery in Western Australian public schools. 

Participating schools

The following schools have completed the RRTSP during the pilot program phase:

  • Ballajura Community College
  • Belridge Secondary College
  • Boyanup Primary School
  • Bramfield Park Primary School
  • Butler College
  • Charthouse Primary School
  • Currambine Primary School
  • Joondalup Education Support Centre
  • John Butler Primary College
  • Kinross College
  • Kinross Primary School
  • Koorana Primary School
  • Maida Vale Primary School
  • Northam Senior High School
  • Pinjarra Primary School
  • Safety Bay Senior High School
  • Southern River College
  • Swan View Senior High School
  • Wirrabirra Primary School
  • Yanchep Beach Primary School
  • Yanchep Secondary College

A fourth cohort of RRTSP schools is currently underway. This will be the final intake of schools during the pilot program, which ends in mid-2022. An independent evaluation of the WA program is being undertaken by an external evaluator.

The State Government has committed to the expansion of the RRTSP to additional schools and to sport and recreation clubs from 2022.

The Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program is delivered in partnership with Department of Education by Starick Services Inc., a local organisation, recognised as an expert in the field of family and domestic violence.

Page reviewed 2 July 2021