Students as agents of change: peer education

The Young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women project found that the peer education sessions impacted positively on young people’s understanding of what constitutes respect and harm in relationships. After undertaking the program, there was a 12 percent increase in young people indicating strong agreement with the statement “I know that there is a clear line between what is okay behaviour and what is harmful behavior”.

The report and associated guidelines were released in 2019 and can be found on the ANROWS website.

  • Young people as agents of change in preventing violence against women project

Respectful Relationships Education in Schools: The beginnings of change

The Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RREiS) 2016 report provides findings of the trial of Respectful Relationships Education in 19 Victorian schools. The findings show significant improvements in students’ knowledge, attitudes and skills, as well as the beginnings of change in the culture of the schools.

  • Respectful Relationships Education in Schools: The beginnings of change

Young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women

In 2017 more than 17,500 Australians aged 16 years and over were surveyed about their knowledge of violence against women; attitudes towards this violence and gender equality; and intentions if they were to witness abuse or disrespect towards women. The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) has been undertaken periodically since 1987. Find infographics, a report summary, a video and other elements here.

  • The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

Bystander action

Bystanders for Primary Prevention: a rapid review completed in 2017 explores how bystander behaviour can best be understood. It outlines the Australian and international evidence base on bystander intervention. It identifies moderating factors, enablers and barriers to prosocial bystander behaviour.

  • Bystanders for Primary Prevention: a rapid review

Parent attitudes: Challenging gender stereotypes in the early years

A 2017 survey of parents of young children explored perspectives on equality and violence against women, how they divided key household tasks and childrearing responsibilities within their family, and whether they believed that gender has an impact on their children.

  • Challenging gender stereotypes in the early years: The power of parents