Domestic violence prevention in the classroom

Published: 27 Sep 2016

High school students will be taught to recognise and act on domestic violence in a new toolkit to be rolled out in classrooms from 2016.

Teachers will incorporate the Prevention of Domestic Violence Toolkit into lessons for the mandatory Year 7 to Year 10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said that the toolkit aims to educate and empower teenagers about the risks of domestic violence.

“By educating and working with our young people we can ensure they are empowered with the knowledge of what domestic violence is and how they can identify possible ways to protect themselves and others,” Ms Goward said.

The toolkit was developed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) with specialist advice from Domestic Violence NSW and other agencies, and includes:

  • signs and symptoms of abuse
  • support available
  • sample activities
  • frequently asked questions.

To download the toolkit visit the BOSTES website.

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