Respectful Futures has been developed by Stroh Health Care in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and the Ministry of Education. Those resources, in turn, were modelled on a program called Respectful Relationships developed by BC Corrections, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, which has been used with great success in the education of men who have been convicted of domestic abuse.
The goal of this project was to translate the corrections program for adults to a preventative resource for youth. This initiative corresponds with the mandates developed by Violence Free BC and our commitments to the Provincial Domestic Violence Plan. Developing resources for schools and community organizations based on Respectful Relationships concepts has the potential to provide youth with the tools needed to develop healthy and respectful relationships and to improve outcomes for them and their future relationships. The materials were developed from a gender-neutral perspective and in a form relevant to relationships of all kinds: friendships, romantic, family, and community.