Healthy Relationships
Frequently Asked Questions

11. What distinguishes HRC from other violence-prevention programs?

Research indicates that people who are violent towards others lack one or more of the following skills: problem solving, anger management, empathy and impulse control. Like most violence-prevention programs offered to schools, HRC teaches students the prosocial skills necessary to create lasting relationships. But this curriculum takes student learning to a deeper level by using gender analysis as a powerful tool for exposing the roots of violent and aggressive behaviors. By empowering students to analyze the culture of violence that condones abusive behavior we are taking the first necessary step towards helping them to create the violence-free society of tomorrow. This holistic approach towards learning, coupled with a methodology that encompasses the teaching of knowledge, skills and attitudes, are the elements that are most valued in this program.

12. Where does HRC fit into the philosophy of progressive violence-prevention education efforts?

HRC can either be used as a stand-alone resource or it can be easily integrated with existing curricula. There are three levels of prevention:
1. Primary Prevention, which is also known as proactive prevention because it is geared towards stopping violence before it starts;

2. Secondary Prevention, which is known as intervention or protection because it seeks to prevent violence from continuing; and

3. Tertiary Prevention, or support and treatment that promotes healing from the after effects of violence to ensure it will not recur.

The widest application of HRC with young people is primary prevention. The objective is to build the necessary skills, confidence and attitudes that will prevent youth from getting into an unhealthy or violent situation in the first place. The program also provides an effective tool for secondary prevention because it alerts young people who are currently in an abusive situation as to both the dangers and the routes to leave. Disclosures are not uncommon when the program is delivered to this audience. HRC can also be used in the context of providing support counseling and treatment for both victims and perpetrators of violence, in order to help them learn prosocial skills and gain positive attitudes that are needed to foster healthy relationships.

How is HRC being received across North America?

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