YFS R4Respect program wins gold for countering violence

YFS has won a gold award for its work promoting respectful relationships in Logan at the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards this week.

SOCIAL CHANGE: R4Respect Youth Ambassadors Rachael Pascua and Nadia Saeed with Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, YFS CEO Cath Bartolo and Andrew Taukolo.

SOCIAL CHANGE: R4Respect Youth Ambassadors Rachael Pascua and Nadia Saeed with Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, YFS CEO Cath Bartolo and Andrew Taukolo.

The not-for-profit community organisation's R4Respect program picked up the accolade in the community-led category.

YFS CEO Cath Bartholo said the unique youth-led violence prevention program was having a positive impact on the community.

"The diversity of our program has allowed us to reach more than 300,000 young people online and more than 5000 face to face, spreading positive messages about respect and what crosses the line into harm," she said.

"Winning this prestigious national award greatly reinforces the R4Respect team's drive and passion to continue educating young people to enact positive social change and sustain healthy, respectful relationships."

YFS has two premises in Logan at Slacks Creek and Jimboomba.

The Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other crime in Australia.

Australian Institute of Criminology director Michael Phelan said the program aligned with efforts to reduce family and domestic violence.

"This is a respectful relationships program for young people, with the innovative and positive feature of being led by young people," he said.

The awards are a joint initiative of Australian, state and territory governments.

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