UK – Classroom drive to curb violence in relationships – Society – The Guardian

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FYI: With thanks to Anne Harris; Re: ‘Domestic Violence Vendetta Against Males’


Whilst we know women and girls are victims of domestic violence and I am all
for ‘breaking the cycle of abuse’, I think I will start a campaign called
‘Domestic Violence Vendetta Against Males’ and warn mothers that their sons
are being discriminated against and socially excluded in the UK.

A few year’s ago I contacted the NSPCC to get advice for a SNAP help-line
caller regarding his daughter, but when I said the father was a dv victim
(his daughter’s mother being the perpetrator) I was told I was blocking the

Anne, SNAP/Men’s Aid.

Classroom drive to curb violence in relationships
Children aged five to 15 to get compulsory lessons in drive to tackle
violence against women and girls
Alan Travis, home affairs editor
The Guardian,     Wednesday 25 November 2009  

Classes in preventing violence in relationships are to become compulsory for
children aged five to 15 within 18 months as part of an official drive to
tackle violence against women and girls.

The move will be underpinned by a campaign next year targeting intimate
teenage violence following research by the children’s charity, NSPCC, which
showed that a quarter of teenage girls suffer physical violence such as
being slapped, punched or beaten by their boyfriends, and a third of those
in a relationship suffer an unwanted sexual act.

The government’s strategy to tackle violence against women and girls
published today also promises funding for a 24-hour sexual violence helpline
and the development of a separate dedicated stalking and harassment helpline
“so emerging violence can be nipped in the bud”.

But the strategy launched by the home secretary, Alan Johnson, says that
ministers are still considering a package of measures proposed by chief
constables, including the establishment of a domestic violence register to
track the movements of serial perpetrators.

The home secretary confirmed yesterday that they are to pilot only one of
the nine measures so far proposed by the Association of Chief Police
Officers ­ the introduction of “go orders” to exclude the perpetrators of
domestic violence from the family home for 28 days.

The cross-government review of the strategy to tackle violence against women
and girls was initiated earlier this year by Jacqui Smith when she was home
secretary. The consultation carried out this summer received more than 1,500

The introduction of compulsory lessons on preventing violence in
relationships into the classroom follows research showing that only about
half of young women and girls receive such lessons as part of their
personal, social, health and economic education.

“There was a strong feeling from the consultation that all children should
be taught about violence against women and girls at school, and that all
schools, including faith schools and primary schools, should be involved.”

One unnamed contributor to the consultation is quoted in the report saying
that such classes should no longer be called sex education: “It’s nothing to
do with teaching them how to put a condom on. It’s about teaching boys not
to be violent and girls that being a sex object isn’t the only way to be

The classes will also focus on how to develop mutually respectful personal
relationships and to make violence against women and girls unacceptable
amongst young people.

Schools minister Vernon Coaker said that the lessons would be “age
appropriate” so that what was taught to a five-year-old was not the same as
to a 15-year-old. New teacher training measures would also ensure that
school staff know how to deal with girls they identify as being affected by
sexist, sexual or transphobic bullying.

The cross-government strategy is to be underpinned by an advertising
campaign early next year aimed at tackling the pervasive attitude amongst
some teenagers that violence in relationships is justified. The campaign
will be aimed at ensuring young girls realise they do not have to tolerate
any form of violence or controlling behaviour.

An officially commissioned review of the sexualisation of young people and
the ubiquity of sexualised imagery in popular culture and how it shapes the
body image of teenage girls, their self-esteem and understanding of gender
is also to be published in the new year. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2009


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