School tackles family violence

Students at Overnewton Anglican Community College will vanguard a new program tackling family violence.

The program, based on a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, targets better education for children at a younger age in an attempt to identify and prevent family violence as early as possible.

The college, which has campuses in Keilor and Taylors Lakes, will be one of 120 schools working on a $20,000 state government grant to run the new Respectful Relationships program, which is a key recommendation from last year’s Royal C​ommission.

Overnewton’s head of student services, Tim Jezard, said the school’s selection as part of the first year of the new program was exciting.

He said the school anticipates several positive outcomes.

“It is exciting for the college to be involved in a project that will impact the shaping of attitudes of future generations,” Mr Jezard said.

The college will work with the education department to report back on its quest to improve the school’s culture of respect and gender equality.

The grants are part of the state government’s $21.8 million investment over two years in the Respectful Relationships program.