Domestic violence education wanted in schools across region
THE coordinator of Anglicare's Family Adolescent and Community Intervention team says there aren't enough services targeting young people about domestic violence.
"In this community, domestic violence seems to be intergenerational and that affects a broad spectrum of women of all ages," said Heidi, whose surname has been withheld.
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"The statistics do say that women experience domestic violence more than men but in saying that we don't ignore the fact that it happens to men, which is also a concern in the community. But we need to focus more on early intervention and educate children about what a respectful relationship is and what a disrespectful relationship is.
"I think services need to start visiting schools and I think we need more support for women who are living with domestic violence.
"There also needs to be more responses to the court system for those who do breach domestic violence orders; they need to be held more accountable."