Schools and local service providers in Cowra are hosting a unique event to help foster respectful attitudes and healthy relationships between students.
‘Respect-Ed’ is a project motivated by current research that demonstrates by promoting healthy and equal relationships, students are better equipped to develop healthy relationships as they get older, which in turn helps reduce relationship violence.
Danielle Allen from Cowra Community Health Centre at Cowra Health Service said a number of schools are already committed to the event.
“Cowra High School, Cowra Public School, Mulyan School, Holmwood School, St Raphael’s Catholic School and Greenethorpe Public School are already committed to attend and are busy preparing items for their students to present on the day,” Ms Allen said.
“Approximately $2500 has been donated from community groups and school P&C committees towards the cost of running this event. This is a true reflection of the level of support we have received from the community.”
“Research tells us that education about respectful and healthy relationships is the key to reducing Australia’s appallingly high domestic and family violence rates. Challenging stereotypes, developing positive communication skills and learning about the importance of respect in relationships are keys to preventing relationship issues among young people and adults.”
“Promoting healthy equal relationships is the best primary preventative action a community can take to reduce relationships violence.”
“Currently one in three Australian women experience some form of relationship abuse in their life. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5–8 boys will experience unwanted sexual experiences before they are 18, so it is crucial that our students learn about healthy relationships as they develop into young adults,” she said.
“It is great to see many schools already using their physical health curriculum to educate students about domestic violence. This event is another way we can get this important message across.”
The event will be held Thursday 10 November from 10:30am to 1:30pm at Cowra High School.
The event includes a writing competition which has over 200 entries from local school students. Winners will be announced on the day.
All primary and secondary schools in the Cowra area are invited to attend. Schools interested in participating should contact Danielle Allen on (02) 6340 9100.
Western NSW Local Health District is coordinating this event in partnership with local schools, Housing Plus, Headspace Cowra and Bathurst and Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre.
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