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School-Based Anti-Violence Program: Canada (From Too Close to Home: Domestic Violence in the Americas, P 159-168, 1999, Andrew R. Morrison and Maria L. Biehl, eds. -- See NCJ-182184)

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Peter Jaffe; Marlies Suderman; Elaine Schieck
Date Published
10 pages
This chapter considers a school-based anti-violence program in Canada.
The following are measures schools can take to become part of the anti-violence effort: (1) Allow staff and students to discuss violence in a variety of forums, e.g., school assemblies, theater groups, films and the testimony of abuse survivors; (2) Recognize the crucial role of education and learning in examining violence in society; (3) Develop partnerships with the community, collaborate with police, lawyers, doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health providers and survivors of violence; (4) Understand that violence is an issue directly related to power and control in relationships and throughout society; (5) Institute school policies and protocols that respond to violence in an effective manner, one that does not blame the victims and that holds perpetrators accountable for their behavior. Ensure that teachers are trained to deal with pupils who are witnessing violence at home; (6) Ensure that employee assistance programs are responsive to teachers and other school personnel who are victims of violence; and (7) Involve parents and students as integral parts of all school programs. Notes, references