The campaign we have waited 50 years for… Stop it at the Start
Stop it at the Start is aimed at Violence Against Women except the positive outcomes will also see an end to bullying. Influencing our children with good examples and showing respect to everyone will end the cycle of violence and bullying.
Think KIND first.. be respectful, treat people with kindness and respect!
WE CAN ALL HELP STOP IT AT THE START
As parents, and as influencers of young people, we want the best for kids. We want them to have positive experiences, healthy relationships and opportunities to learn. We want them to understand right and wrong. We want them to respect others, and respect themselves.
We do our best to set a good example, but sometimes, without meaning to, we might say things that excuse disrespectful behaviour in young people.
It’s important we understand the cycle of violence. Not all disrespect towards women results in violence. But all violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour.
Stop it at the Start aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and have conversations about respect with young people.
The campaign is aimed at parents and family members of children aged 10–17, as well as the teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers of young people.
Since young people’s attitudes and behaviours are shaped by those around them, it’s important to expose them to positive influences where they live, work, learn and socialise. As adults, we need to recognise and reconcile our role as important influencers of the younger generation.
Stop it at the Start is a Council of Australian Governments initiative, jointly funded by the Australian, state and territory governments. Campaign activities run until the end of 2018, and will build on efforts already underway by states and territories, as well as non-government organisations such as Our Watch and White Ribbon.
The following pages house more information on the campaign and materials for a range of audiences.
- The issue: find out more about the issue of violence against women, including key statistics and the research that informed the campaign.
- Campaign materials: view and download our campaign advertising materials.
- Media hub: access campaign materials for media including broadcast and print-quality materials for TV, radio, print and web.
Here you can find some tools to help you..
Use the Excuse Interpreter to discover the hidden meanings of common expressions that can excuse disrespectful behaviour.
Understanding attitudes: use the Respect Checklist to become more aware of what your son or daughter might be thinking in disrespectful or aggressive situations.
Talking about respect:
- use the Conversation Guide to help you talk more confidently and openly with young people about the importance of respectful relationships.
- use Generation Respect as a practical guide for talking to other adults about raising respectful young people.
Go to Case studies for a collection of thought provoking articles from members of the community and positive role models for young people. They share their thoughts and personal experiences to shed light on the issue of violence against women and the importance of fostering respect and healthy relationships among young people.
Go to Video resources for inspiring video messages from community leaders, including media personalities and sporting professionals, who are working with the younger generation to put an end to disrespect towards women.
Go to Animations for a collection of animations that shares practical solutions for having conversations about respect and how to speak up to address disrespectful behaviours.
Project ARI Podcast: a new podcast to help kids understand the importance of respect.