What is the ‘Talking about’ series?

This series was developed from work in the SL&RR research program. The SL&RR program is a peer education relationships, sexuality and violence and abuse prevention model for people with cognitive disability.

SL&RR grew from research  in 2000 at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society by Kelley Johnson, Lynne Hillier, Lyne Harrison and Patsie Frawley called ‘Living Safer Sexual Lives’. From 2009, drawing on this work and funded through the first National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children, Patsie Frawley worked with a project team to co-develop SL&RR as a peer led respectful relationships program. In 2015 the SL&RR  research program and network was established at Deakin University where it has grown and expanded. New narrative research in 2017 – 19 expanded the library of stories to include stories and a program for LGBTIQ people with disabilities and the launch in 2019 of a model and program with people with Acquired Brain Injury. Over this time SL&RR through partnership with local communities has extended its work to 7 sites across Australia and built the capacity of these communities to lead local work on respectful relationships and abuse prevention in partnership with people with disabilities.

Placed within the Institute of Health Transformation and the Disability and Inclusion team at Deakin University, the SL&RR program uses co-research methodology in relationships based research projects for people with disability. Embracing the paradigm “Nothing about us without us”, SL&RR adopts a co-facilitation process in all processes including research, development of resources, advisory groups, and presentations.

This series will present information, resources and approaches for talking about topics related to sexuality and relationships for people with disability. These resources were developed using a co-design approach with SL&RR Peer Educators (people with disability) from our networks.

The ‘Talking about…’ series can be used to help people with disability and their supporters to understand relationships for people with disabilities