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Domestic Violence

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what means he is using to educate young people at school about domestic violence issues; [129619](2) whether domestic violence and its impact is a topic in the citizenship syllabus; [129620](3) at what age he intends that education about the dangers and effects of domestic violence will be given to children at school. [129621]

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) teaches pupils about social and moral differences, including aggressive behaviour. Specifically in primary schools, pupils are taught how to get help, to realise the consequences of anti-social and aggressive behaviour, and to resolve differences by looking at alternatives. There are opportunities for schools to address violence, including domestic violence, through the framework of PSHE and Citizenship. In Citizenship, for example, pupils can discuss the impact of domestic violence and challenge the belief that domestic violence is inevitable and acceptable.Resources such as 'Watch Over Me' which has been sent to all secondary schools, support the teaching of domestic violence. This includes a video that highlights risks in different situations. This pack covers domestic

violence, explaining the role of schools in conflict resolution, why schools should discuss domestic violence, and lesson plans.