Learn more about the program

What is the main aim of SL&RR?

The program aims to work toward preventing violence and abuse against people with an intellectual disability. Anyone can experience violence and abuse in their lives, however women with intellectual disability experience violence and abuse more often than women with other disabilities. Although SL&RR is not exclusive for females, this is why the program was developed.


What is involved in the program?

SL&RR is ran by Peer Educators and Program Partners. Peer Educators are people who identify as ‘peers’ of, or the same as, people who participate in the program. The key themes from these stories are discussed in each of the four sessions alongside activities to learn from. By the end of the four sessions, participants cover ideas from the four main themes:

  1. Talking about relationships and sexuality
  2. Having rights and being safe
  3. Respectful relationships
  4. Sexual identity

Who is involved in the program?

SL&RR is ran by Peer Educators and Program Partners. Peer Educators are people who identify as ‘peers’ of, or the same as, people with intellectual disability. Program Partners are people with experience in areas like relationships, sexuality, sexual health, sexual assault services and community inclusion. Peer Educators and Program Partners run the program together and complete the same 4 days of training to become involved.


What is a Learning Partner?

A Learning Partner is someone who a participant can share their learning with. The Learning Partner doesn’t have to attend the program, but they receive a special manual to follow along with what the participant is learning at the time.


What do Program Partners and Peer Educators learn about in their training?

Program Partners and Peer Educators complete four days of training together to be fully qualified in their roles. Trainees learn about the program, background information and strategies to learn about SL&RR key themes, about violence and abuse prevention, all kinds of relationships, dealing with emotions in the group and self-advocacy. This training aims to upskill and supply information so that the group can facilitate a successful program in their community.


How is a SL&RR site supported by the community and by the SL&RR National team?

It is recommended that the local site consists of various community groups from multiple disciplines so that each member can contribute to the team in a specific way and that the team is supported by multiple organisations. This creates a sustainable partnership. The SL&RR National team at Deakin University support the team by providing access to tailored resources, suitable information about the program, ongoing mentoring and invitations to professional development events. Partner organisations and Deakin work as closely together as needed by the site to create strong community partnerships.


Why did the program change its name?

In 2016, the program changed its name from Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships or LSSL:RR to Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships or SL&RR. This came about through a review process which involved a team of Peer Educators and the SL&RR National team. The updated version included a logo, new story videos, new activities and more. We will continue to review the program content over time.