Domestic violence education becomes mandatory in NSW schools

LESSONS on how to identify and prevent domestic violence will be taught in schools across New South Wales from next year.

Prevention of Domestic Violence Minister Pru Goward announced on Friday the personal development, health and physical education curriculum would incorporate domestic violence education for students in Years 7 to 10 next year.

The change was inspired by 14-year-old Rachel, who launched an online petition that gathered more than 100,000 signatures last year.

Rachel told the story of her mother committing suicide earlier this year after suffering years of domestic violence.

"I didn't know that what happened in my home was different to any other family home, as a child how could I have known any better?" Rachel wrote.

"If I had known any better, my family would have been safe and a lot happier than what we were.

"If domestic violence was addressed within the public schools educational criteria, I could have gotten help and saved my mum.

"We need the NSW education system to teach their students about domestic violence. Nobody deserves to go through what I have been through."

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards has approved the changes, which will be introduced in the first term of 2016.

APN Australian Regional Media launched our own Terror at Home campaign in March to shine a light on family violence and to encourage the mandatory introduction of healthy relationships classes in NSW and Queensland.

One state down, one to go.

-APN NEWSDESK


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