Name. Narrate. Navigate (NNN) is a preventive intervention program focused on psycho-education and skill development for young people at increased risk of using violence, those already using violence in their interpersonal, family and domestic relationships, and the cross-sector workers who support them. It aims to increase knowledge and skills, strengthen adaptive behaviour and build connections for greater confidence and coping.

NNN was developed and is continuously improved by a program of community-based participatory research involving Aboriginal elders, community members, practitioners, peak bodies and young people. It is distinct from other preventive intervention initiatives in its dual focus on working with young people and practitioners. NNN emphasises trauma-informed, culturally responsive and parallel process in practice.

The program is evidence-based and informed by experiential learning, universal design and dialectical behaviour therapy, and it uses creative, participatory methods including mindfulness and photovoice. It explores how young people and workers name, narrate and navigate violence in individual and community life, and how they engage with key drivers of violence, including emotional literacy; communication skills; empathy; power and control; blame, shame and choice.

This report presents an initial overview of the program, its development and initial findings. The program has now received over $2 million in funding across federal, state and corporate funding. It has expanded to meet direct service delivery, practitioner training and education, research and evaluation and practice resource development needs. 

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