Healthy Relationships Newsletter

Educating for Change

In 1994, the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children in London, Ontario analyzed more than 400 violence-prevention materials as part of The Education Project, a five-year initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training. The purpose of this Project is to develop a tested, community-based education and training program for use across the province of Ontario. The Centre presented its results in 1995 in the manual, Educating For Change: Recommended Materials on Violence Against Women and Children.*

The Centre is a collaborative venture of Fanshawe College, The London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse and The University of Western Ontario. By the Centre's definition, violence against women and children includes sexual assault, rape, incest, child sexual abuse, dating violence, sexual harassment, woman abuse, and elder abuse.

Under "Curricula/Manuals/Kits", the following programs were recommended:

Challenging Ourselves Overview of Violence Against Women Elementary Students
Educational Campaign to Combat Date and Acquaintance Rape on College and University Campuses Dating Violence/Date and Acquaintance Rape Post-Secondary
Healthy Relationships Overview of Violence Against Women Elementary/Secondary Students
Sexual Assault Educators Manual: Date and Acquaintance Rape on Campus Responses: Educational Post-Secondary

Following is excerpted from the write-up of Healthy Relationships that appeared in Educating For Change (reprinted with permission from the Centre):

"This curriculum was designed to address the underlying issues that contribute to violent behaviour." (Part 3, p. 6) The curriculum explicitly refers to male violence and critically examines sexism and inequality in male-female relationships as the context of violence against women. The authors write that the curriculum will be of little use "if it is simply pulled off of the shelf once or twice a year to be used as filler for the PDR program," and argue that it will be of value if violence-prevention becomes a "high priority issue in the schools." (p. 7)

"The curriculum is very well and clearly laid out, and each component builds upon the previous one. An instructional model is explained, and very specific and concrete materials are provided for lesson plans, exercises, and hand-outs. This is a highly useful curriculum and presents a sophisticated approach to anti-violence education."

*To receive a copy of Educating For Change, write to:
Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children,
100 Collip Circle, Suite 240
U.W.O. Research Park
London, Ontario
Canada   N6G 4X8


  1. Curriculum Selected for Three-Year Evaluation
    Update February 1997
    "Our research assistants are excited and challenged by what is going on in the classroom, and we are very pleased with the response we're getting from school administrators and teachers."

  2. A Challenge for Educators
    "On the basis of time alone...the entertainment industry is the first curriculum in young peoples' lives."

  3. The Making of this Curriculum
    "We began to look for proactive ways to take responsibility for male violence, and to contribute towards the evolution of a violence free society."

  4. In Ontario, Gender Analysis is Key
    "HRC looks at stereotyping of both men and women as victims of socialization. It's not one half of the population that's at fault."

  5. Educating for Change
    Recommended Materials on Violence Against Women and Children.

  6. Gender Reactions Differ in B.C.
    "From her vantage point, Hill has noticed different gender-based reactions to some of the material she's presented."

  7. Public Health Nurse Uses Healthy Relationships Curriculum
    "I'm going to start a project in junior high schools on awareness, violence, and bullying..."

  8. Multiple Applications in Edmonton
    "This material provides a way to stimulate discussion and to develop strategies for intergenerational connections."

  9. Breaking New Ground With Youth Corrections Programming
    "It's been a real plus for us to be able to go to something that's already out there, and to be able to use it as a source of strength."

  10. Students Promote Zero Tolerance for Violence
    "The $64,000 question remains: Is the curriculum actually making a difference in the students' attitudes and behaviours? MacNeil says it is."

  11. Going to the Heart of the Matter in Dade County, Florida
    "The reason your curriculum is so good is because it touches the soul. It goes to the heart of the matter. It is not superficial."

  12. A Foundation for Other Programs
    "Sometimes Healthy Relationships is not used overtly in program delivery. Instead, it's used behind the scenes."

  13. Children's Aid Uses Healthy Relationships
    "The boys have had problems in relation to sexuality...We have found (HRC) a very useful reference and resource."

  14. Curriculum Supplement: Gender Justice
    Some suggestions which expand this unit of the Grade 9 curriculum.

  15. Organizations that have ordered Healthy Relationships
    Update December 1997

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