Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Research Report 2012 - Page 66

65 4. Preventing Family Violence: Programs Targeting Young People There is considerable support in the literature for targeting prevention and intervention strategies at children and young people as a distinct population group. The literature suggests that young people are already exposed to, and influenced by violence, that young people may be subject to or perpetrate violence within their own intimate partner/dating relationships and that they hold attitudes and norms supportive of violence. In the City of Whittlesea police data indicates that in 45% of family violence incidents at least one child was present. The negative effect of childhood exposure to family violence is well documented in the literature. City of Whittlesea data also indicates that a significant proportion of migrants who settled in this area in the last 6 years were aged under 25 at the time of arrival with the proportion even higher for Humanitarian entrants. Research indicates that prevention programs for young people are effective in countering violence supportive attitudes and norms, in building awareness of respectful and equitable relationships and developing an understating of family violence. Such programs also have an impact on future attitudes and behaviours and impact on the development of healthy intimate relationships. There is a strong evidence base for delivery of such programs in school settings and there are a number of good practice principles that can be drawn on to guide the implementation of a program in Whittlesea. ? ? ? ? ? The project will identify and engage with a school located within the Whittlesea LGA with a high level of cultural diversity to determine the feasibility of piloting a whole of school approach for the prevention of violence and the promotion of respectful relationships; A lead agency will be identified to oversee the development of a targeted training program that incorporates best practice principles; In partnership with the chosen school, the lead agency will have responsibility for the implementation and evaluation of the program. The evaluation component will inform the expansion of the program into other schools within the Whittl