Briefing paper

Respectful relationships education as part of a national approach to preventing gender-based violence

A brief for policy makers
Violence against women Violence prevention Gender-based violence Interpersonal relationships School curriculum Australia

This policy brief provides guidance to education policy makers and bureaucrats as well as other interested stakeholders on how to design, implement, coordinate and monitor evidence-based respectful relationships education. The brief:

  • draws on the findings of pilot projects in Australian primary and secondary schools, as well as the national and international literature as set out in Our Watch’s evidence paper on respectful relationships education to summarise all of the elements of a holistic, best-practice approach
  • outlines the documented benefits of respectful relationships education in preventing gender-based violence
  • presents a synthesis of the best available evidence on developing and implementing the core elements
  • sets out the different roles that federal, state and territory governments, education departments, Our Watch, school authorities, schools, and community organisations and services can play in designing, implementing and coordinating respectful relationships education
  • complements Our Watch’s suite of tools and resources to support implementation in schools
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