Respectful relationships program set for schools to fight DV
THOUSANDS of school students across our region will soon be armed with the skills they need to help end domestic violence.
Our children and young people are the cornerstone of the State Government's response to the epidemic that has claimed 17 Queensland lives this year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday on Tuesday announced her government would roll out each of the 140 recommendations put forward by a special task force led by former Governor-General Quentin Bryce into domestic violence early this year.
As part of the Not Now, Not Ever report response, the State Government is developing resources for state primary and secondary schools to embed respectful relationship programs into their curriculums.
APN Australian Regional Media, publisher of this and 11 other regional daily newspapers, started lobbying for these programs when we it kicked off its Terror At Home campaign in February.
The Education Department should have learning resources to every state school in our region by year's end, Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said.
"This means teachers will be ready to start teaching in the first term of next year," she said.
Ms Bryce said education was the key to creating generational change.
"Any strategy to prevent domestic violence is only going to succeed if our community in its entirety is part of the solution," she said.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811, DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
- APN NEWSDESK