NCB consults young people on violence against women and girls
10 December 2009
NCB can now reveal the results of
the much anticipated consultation report, Together we can end
violence against women and girls, presenting the views of
young people on issues surrounding violence against women and girls
including relationships education at school, social attitudes
towards violence and sexual bullying.
It reveals that young people are
concerned that they are not taught about positive and respectful
relationships from an early age and that mainstream media portray
negative or violent relationships as acceptable. A number of
respondents with learning disabilities reported that they are not
expected to form personal relationships and are excluded from
healthy relationships education.
The research, commissioned by the
Department of Health and led by the Home Office, was conducted
through focus groups and an online survey, and assists the Home
Office, which has set up a task force on violence against women and
girls, in tackling the major problems posed by violence and
aggression towards women and girls, and the attitudes that permit
violence to take place.
The consultation, which directly
sought the views and experiences of young men and women, influenced
government's decision to introduce school lessons on positive
relationships and violence in relationships. Young people's inputs
to the consultation have fed in directly to the task force's
strategy to combat violence against women and girls.
A young respondent commented, "We
live in a violent society and hardly anyone bats an eyelid when a
girl is hit by her boyfriend…Schools should be teaching students
and parents because most students learn aggression from their
Janine Young, NCB Participation
Coordinator, said: "The young people were aware of increasing
violence against women and girls and gave some good ideas of how it
can be prevented. We're delighted that these views and ideas are
being taken on board and that healthy relationships will be
discussed in the classroom."
The full report and further information can be found on the Home
Office website at