Reducing relationship and sexual violence: findings from reviews about the effectiveness of respectful relationships and bystander programs in school and tertiary education settings

Program evaluation Violence prevention Interpersonal relationships Secondary education Higher education Australia
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Respectful relationships education and bystander interventions in school and tertiary settings seek to promote health and equal relationships and reduce sexual violence and dating violence experienced and perpetrated by young people, in and out of relationships, by equipping them with attitudes, knowledge and skills to confront violence. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the evidence from systematic reviews in relation to the effectiveness of respectful relationships and bystander intervention programs in school and tertiary education settings.

Using a systematic approach, an overview of reviews was conducted to allow for evidence from a large body of research literature to be synthesised, compared and contrasted in a systematic way. Review papers that included studies from high-income countries were identified by systematically searching multiple sources from the period January 2010 to October 2020. A total of 17 review studies were identified for inclusion, of which eight focused on respectful relationships programs, seven on bystander programs, and two on a combination of both programs. Reviews not focused on educational settings were excluded.

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