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Oxford students want domestic violence taught in schools

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Over 50,000 have signed a petition calling for 16 to 19-year-olds to be taught the signs of abusive behaviour.

Students in Oxfordshire have come together to call on the government to bring curriculum into schools, teaching domestic abuse and healthy relationships to sixth form and college students.

They say teaching on domestic violence is a compulsory part of the Relationships and Sex Education curriculum in all state secondary schools. This covers Year 7 to Year 11.

However, the current model completely ignores sixth formers, apprenticeship students and college students, as it is currently not a mandatory requirement for domestic violence to be taught beyond KS4 level.

The petition - backed by over 50,000 people - says students aged 16-19 are at a crucial and vulnerable age in their lives and therefore must be offered lessons on these topics, as well as signposted to local support services.

The group say the number of domestic violence crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales increased by 6% in 2021; from 798,607 in March 2020 to 845,734 in March 2021. In the year 2020, there were also 24,856 offences of coercive control recorded by the police in England and Wales (ONS). The government constantly reassures us that they are trying to tackle domestic violence but they are not doing enough.

The campaign was created by student Faustine Petron, who tells us why and the response it's had 

The petition says sixth forms and colleges have a duty of care to protect their students of all gender identities and backgrounds, from falling into the vicious cycle of perpetrating or receiving abuse. 

You can view it on Change.org by CLICKING HERE.

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