Safe Relationships Program
Our Safe Relationships Program aims to build wellbeing through enabling young people to better understand and manage their close relationships. The program offers young women weekly group sessions focussed on healthy relationships that cover topics such as recognising power and control, self esteem, boundaries, respectful relationships, communication and safety.
Young men are supported through an individualised program aimed at understanding their behaviours and developing skills to respond in safe, non-violent, and healthy ways. The program aims to help young men develop emotional intelligence and emotional regulation, as well as develop insight into the impact of their behaviour on those around them, enhancing accountability.
BYS has developed positive partnerships with other organisations to ensure that we are responding to the needs of young people who identify that domestic violence has, or is currently, impacting on their lives and relationships. BYS recognises that domestic violence and homelessness intersect in young people’s lives and we aim to offer effective support, at a critical development stage of early adulthood, and in a way that respects the trauma experiences that young people have experienced.
Partnership with Brisbane Domestic Violence Service
Embedded specialist youth domestic violence worker
We have a specialist domestic violence worker who can support young people directly and/or support any BYS youth workers in a consult role to enhance risk assessment and safety planning for young women and/or children experiencing domestic violence and coercive control.
We can provide referrals and linkages to other specialised domestic violence emergency supports and case management and importantly we can meet the young people where they are at, in their individual journeys.
Safe and Connected Futures
The Safe and Connected Futures Program helps young people to improve relationships with family members to prevent homelessness, or to strengthen support networks if they leave home or live independently.
The program also offers support to young people leaving BYS transitional housing to move successfully into independence with enhanced support from family members and/or social and community networks.