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Good Guidance with Silke Hetherington & Jenny Morris - From The Guidance Office

Good Guidance
with Silke Hetherington & Jenny Morris
You may have seen some of the TV advertising campaign launched over the past weeks by our Federal Government aimed at changing the culture around Domestic and Family Violence- RESPECT. May is Domestic and Family Violence awareness month and Wednesday 4th May is remembrance day for those who those who have lost their lives and been affected by the tragic consequences of domestic and family violence. As a school we are proud to support our local CCRDF group in a variety of ways including running the Love Bites program with our year 10 students, being involved in the group and recognising the importance of educating and raising awareness around domestic and family violence through things like encouraging students wear the provided purple ribbons and staff to wear purple on Wednesday 4th May. 
Most Australians agree violence against women is wrong. Sadly however the facts are still tragically clear about the incidence of violence against women in Australia.
We know that: 
  • On average, one woman is killed every week at the hands of a current or former partner.
  • One in three women has been a victim of physical or sexual violence, since the age of 15, from someone known to them.
  • One in six women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.
  • One in four Australian women has been emotionally abused.
  • One in four young people is prepared to excuse violence from a partner. 

As parents, and as influencers of young people, we all want the best for kids. We want them to have positive experiences, healthy relationships and opportunities to learn. We want them to understand right and wrong. We want them to respect others, and respect themselves.

We do our best to set a good example, but sometimes, without meaning to, we might say things that excuse disrespectful behaviour in young people.
It’s important we understand the cycle of violence. Not all disrespect towards women results in violence. But all violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour. 
Please try and find the time to go to and look at: 
The Conversation Guide
Advice and tips for discussing sensitive issues and having open discussions with your children.
The Excuse Interpreter
Discover the hidden meanings behind the words we use to talk about disrespect between men and women. 
The Respect Checklist
A practical checklist to help parents identify some important aspects of respect and gender equality to talk about with children and young people.