The ripple effects of domestic and intimate partner violence are difficult to calculate because it often happens out of sight. Sometimes, people don’t seek help because they’re too afraid – or ashamed. We may not find out a person is in harm’s way until it’s too late.
Tragically, it’s also true that not everyone knows what a healthy relationship looks like and some people grow up thinking abusive behaviour is normal.
We believe prevention is vitally important to stopping the cycle of violence and abuse. So, while BC Corrections doesn’t typically work with youth, we recognize everyone – including our branch – has a role in preventing violence in this province.
Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Stroh Health Care, Respectful Futures is a set of free resources being delivered in schools and in communities to help break the cycle of dysfunctional relationships. Respectful Futures is promoting a better understanding of healthy relationships and is giving children and young people the skills to potentially break the cycle of violence.
Content includes six modules focused on healthy communication, coping skills, and how to develop and sustain healthy relationships. Other resources include a handbook containing mindfulness exercises and a set of visual aids including PowerPoint.
Each module is presented in a manner of progression that allows younger children to address relationships in a more global way, while giving older youth opportunities for a more specific and focused examination of relationships.
Carrie McCulley started with BC Corrections in the 90s as a probation officer in the lower mainland. She had the chance to experience a very diverse caseload during those first years supervising adults and young people while maintaining responsibilities as a family court counsellor.
As the Director of Programs and Interventions for BC Corrections since 2008, Carrie has been involved in a number of initiatives including the development of and enhancements to cognitive behavioral programs, oversight of the Integrated Transitional and Release Planning Program operating in correctional centres and collaborating with branch staff on reinforcing a trauma informed approach in their work with the individuals in the care of Corrections and with one another.
One of the projects she is most passionate about is Respectful Futures, a set of online resources that is giving children and young people in BC the tools they need to have healthy and respectful relationships and break the cycle of violence.
Carrie lives and works by the proverb - ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’