Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    New domestic violence resources for teens

    24/11/2015 6:00 AM
     
    • Youth Say No! campaign launched on White Ribbon Day on November 25
    • Raising awareness among young people about family and domestic violence, and educate them about respectful relationships 

    A new Youth Say No! website aims to empower young people to challenge attitudes that foster violence against women and to develop respectful relationships.

     

    National research shows that one in four young people aged 12 to 24 have attitudes that put young men at risk of perpetrating, excusing or tolerating violence against women.

     

    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the Youth Say No! campaign was developed to help young people recognise unacceptable attitudes and behaviours, family and domestic violence, dating violence and to also teach them how to support a friend if they were being abused.

     

    "I encourage young people, especially during Leavers Week, to always speak out and challenge the attitudes and behaviours that condone the use of violence against women," Mrs Morton said.

     

    "This will help foster generational change in attitudes and empower our youth to understand the role they can have in bringing family and domestic violence and sexual assault to an end."

     

    On November 25, the Youth Say No! campaign will launch a refreshed website and additional resources to raise awareness about the different forms of family and domestic violence, dating violence and supports available. 

     

    The website will also include teaching resources to help embed respectful relationships education into the school curriculum.

     

    The Youth Say No! campaign was developed in consultation with young people and supports the key outcomes of Western Australia's Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022, and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

     

    Fact File

    • For more information visit the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's website at http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au or http://www.youthsayno.wa.gov.au
    • If you are in immediate danger call 000
    • Women's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339
    • Men's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599
    • White Ribbon Day (November 25) observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender violence 

    Minister's office - 6552 6900