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Stepping up to address adolescent violence Step Up for SA is an evidence-based parent and adolescent therapeutic group program to address adolescent violence in the family. It has received a bronze endorsement from the Institute of Group Leaders for positive client outcomes. Step Up for SA is modelled on the successful Step-Up Program developed in King County, Washington, USA by Lily Anderson and Greg Routt. It is underpinned by research and practice evidence in family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and restorative justice frameworks. Step Up for SA stands for: Over the past year Step UP for SA has worked with ten parents and their teenagers with great results. Pre and post group measures reported a decrease in the use of violent behaviour by adolescents, and a decrease in parental fear of their children. Parents also reported they felt safe in the group, appreciated the social support for the family and believed the bond with their teenager had strengthened. Plan: How can I deal with this problem and stay respectful? Stop all the violent behaviours. Think: what am I feeling, thinking? Evaluate: What is the problem? What are my choices? Use Skills: “I statements”, listening, self-regulate and assertive, not violent communication. Patience: Persistency is what makes respectful communication work. Community Benefits SA granted Walking on Eggshells Project (WOEP) $89,000 to deliver the program from 2014 to 2016 across metro Adelaide. WOEP partners included Relationships Australia SA, Junction Australia, Reconnect Port Adelaide, Centacare-Ottoway, Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre, Outer South Homelessness Service. Individual, Family and Community Wellbeing | Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 35