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Respectful Relationships

Responsible government

  • Victoria

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 1 Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.

What are we doing?

The Respectful Relationships initiative supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

Since 2016–17 the Victorian Government has invested over $44.8 million over four years for the rollout of Respectful Relationships in schools.

What have we achieved so far?

Respectful relationships education is a core component of the Victorian Curriculum through the Health and Physical Education and Personal and Social Capability curriculum areas. All Victorian Government and Catholic schools deliver the Victorian Curriculum. Schools are supported to deliver the curriculum through the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning resources.

More than 1,000 Victorian schools are driving change within their school community by implementing the Respectful Relationships whole-school approach recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

In 2018–19, a total of 151 schools were ‘Leading Schools’, receiving intensive training and support to implement the whole-school approach to Respectful Relationships.

What is next?

The Victorian Government has committed to the introduction of Respectful Relationships education into every government school in Victoria from prep to year 12 as recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

In 2019–20, the number of Leading Schools will be increased to 302.

What difference will we make?

Helping children develop an understanding of healthy relationships and respect is key to preventing family violence in the future.

Respectful Relationships is defined as ‘primary prevention’ within the public health model. Primary prevention focuses on preventing issues from occurring in the first place by targeting risk factors and social determinants of health through education and legislation.

Respectful Relationships takes a whole-school approach. This means going beyond curriculum delivery alone, to create more gender equal and respectful attitudes, behaviours, structures and practices across the school culture.

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