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Respectful Relationships Education - Evidence Paper 2015

Our Watch

With appropriate resources and professional development schools can prevent gender-based violence through respectful relationship education. Using schools as a setting offers two main groups to be reached by this work: students who are at a critical age for forming their attitudes and knowledge and a diverse teacher and non-teaching workforce.

Our Watch has released a summary of the latest evidence on respectful relationships education.  It outlines a whole school approach aimed at reducing violence-supportive attitudes and perpetration in young people, school staff and the wider community. It sets out seven core elements; one of which is to ensure we support our teachers and schools with resources and professional development to deliver safe, best practice respectful relationship education to our students.

Meaningful and sustained implementation of respectful relationships education will require proper planning, support and funding.

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Change the Story 2015 - Our Watch

Violence against women is not inevitable. Rather, it is driven by a series of complex and entrenched but changeable social and environmental factors. In other words, violence against women is preventable. A new framework shows how we can ‘change the story’.

Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia was developed by Our Watch, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

Change the Story aims to prevent violence against women by tackling its root cause: gender inequality. It calls for complementary initiatives that engage people throughout their lives; including at schools and other education institutions, sporting, social and leisure spaces, workplaces, the media, popular culture, advertising and entertainment, faith-based contexts and transport and public spaces.

The creators of the Framework acknowledge that prevention must be tailored to the diverse contexts of people’s lives and the cumulative impact of multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage on experiences of gender-based violence and gender inequality.

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Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings 2015

Senate Community Affairs References Committee

A coalition of peak disability advocacy groups renewed the campaign for a national inquiry by writing to the Prime Minister on 20 January 2015. The letter was endorsed by over 95 state and territory based disability organisations from around Australia, with over 11,000 signatories to a petition calling for an inquiry. In response, a group of Senators referred the matter on 11 February 2015, to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee (committee) for inquiry and report.

The committee finds that violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability is both widespread and takes many forms. According to the committee the evidence presented from people with disability, their families and advocates, showed that a root cause of violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability begins with the de-valuing of people with disability. This devaluing permeates the attitudes of individual disability workers, service delivery organisations and government systems designed to protect the rights of individuals.

Violence against women and disability-based violencecombine to increase the risk of violence against women with disabilities. The committee recognises the gendered dimensions of violence, neglect and abuse towards women with disabilities.

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