School students in Dubbo will be empowered with the knowledge, understanding and skills to help prevent domestic violence under important new changes to the school syllabus.SCHOOL students in Dubbo will be empowered with the knowledge, understanding and skills to help prevent domestic violence under important new changes to the school syllabus.
The mandatory NSW year 7 to 10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus will be updated for all NSW schools to explicitly include domestic violence prevention from the start of the first school term in 2016.
The move is part of the NSW government’s plan to prevent domestic and family violence.
Earlier this week, domestic violence advocates in Dubbo and Bathurst spoke out and said they are no longer surprised when informed of a domestic violence case as it happens on such a regular basis.
According to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data, Dubbo is the 13th worst place in NSW for domestic violence.
The problem is worse in some smaller centres in Western NSW.
In the period from April 2014 to March 2015, the rates for domestic violence in Western NSW local government areas significantly exceeded the NSW average.
The following numbers show by how many times each town’s rate for domestic violence exceeded the state average: Gilgandra 2.03, Cobar 2.11, Dubbo 2.2, Wellington 2.29, Narromine 2.47, Coonamble 2.8, Bogan Shire 3.25, Walgett 6.69 and Bourke 10.3.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward believes the changes to the syllabus were an important step in the fight against the abhorrent crime.
“I have heard first hand that young people want to learn how to recognise and respond to abuse in relationships that may occur in their homes,” she said.
“Through this update to the syllabus, schools can provide a significant platform for helping young people to identify, report and protect themselves and others from abuse.”
The Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES) revealed as part of the new syllabus, Year 7 and 8 students will learn to recognise forms of abuse and the warning signals related to domestic violence.
Year 9 and 10 students will learn to recognise and respond to abusive situations including family and domestic violence, examine concepts of power, conflict and cooperation in the home, and identify possible ways to protect themselves from abuse that may occur in the home.
BOSTES believes the new syllabus will help further strengthen other successful and valuable initiatives that work to address domestic violence.
These include White Ribbon Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying, while many schools also have their own specific initiatives to support their students and communities.
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