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Every Australian deserves to be safe

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

Please be aware that this article contains content that some people may find triggering around family and domestic violence. 

At Life Ed, we believe that every child deserves to thrive in communities where all people feel safe.

The issue of family and domestic abuse and violence is complex. It needs to be addressed at all levels, with education being one important part of the solution. That’s why we support the voices calling for action to prevent violence against women.

Life Ed focuses on early education because research tells us that educating children before they are exposed to a particular issue gives them the best chance of making informed decisions in the future.*

A major theme that runs throughout all of our evidence-backed, curriculum-aligned and strengths-based modules is respectful relationships. This is because in order to effectively embed learning about social and emotional wellbeing, online safety and physical health, we must explore how we value, accept and treat each other.

Each week, our expert Educators work closely with students, schools and communities to deliver education experiences designed to spark discussions about relationships, empathy, communication, body clues and help seeking behaviours from as early as kindergarten.

We carry out this work because we believe that education has the power to break cycles of harm. We persist in this space because studies have shown that early intervention in education settings plays an important role in ending gender-based violence.**

If you or someone you know needs support, there is help available:

  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service 24-hour helpline 1800 RESPECTon 1800 737 732
  • National Violence and Abuse Trauma Counselling and Recovery Service on 1800 FULLSTOP (1800 385 578)
  • SHE (free and confidential counselling and support) on 6278 9090
  • Family Violence Crisis and Support Service on 1800 608 122
  • Lifelineon 13 11 14

*Principles for School Drug Education, Meyer, 2004

**Respectful relationships education in secondary schools: A statistical social network analysis of a program intervention designed to build positive gender-related attitudes and respectful peer relationships in Australian schools, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited, 2023