‘Respectful relationships’ is a phrase that is most commonly used as a ‘short-hand’ description of the behaviour we want instead of violence. Important – ‘Respect’ needs to be redefined or reframed to mean ‘something you earn by the way you treat others’, rather than an entitlement you get because of your role, power or gender. Therefore it’s easier to say ‘respectful relationships’ rather than use the word ‘respect’ and then have to reframe it.

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