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BBC News – School lessons to tackle domestic violence outlined

November 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

BBC News – School lessons to tackle domestic violence outlined

When I first heard about this I did wonder whether the very act of telling teenage boys in school that they shouldn’t beat up their girlfriends might make some of them go out and do the exact opposite.

But the more I’ve heard of this proposal, especially starting young in teaching kids to show respect for one another, the more reasonable and sensible it sounds. More importantly, the more I’ve heard, the more it sounds like it might reduce the likelihood of abusive relationships for girls growing up today. Girls like my daughter.

I like to think Lucy will be far too clever to fall into a relationship with someone who doesn’t respect her. I hope and pray I’m right. All I can do is try to instill self-respect and self-esteem within her, something so sadly lacking amongst the sort of girls who put up with abusive relationships.

Oh and be a good male role model myself. That counts of a lot it seems.

Of course, having said all that, what does it say about boys today that we need these sorts of lessons? Or are we simply recognising a truth that has for too long been ignored? I heard on the radio yesterday that only 1 in 3 women suffering domestic violence who come into contact with health or social services actually have it recognised and acted upon. A frightening figure. But not as frightening as the fact that between 1 and 2 women are killed every week in the UK by abusive partners or ex-partners.

So yes, this seems like a very good idea to me.

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