Healthy Relationships
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  Educating for Change:
Recommended Materials on Violence Against Women and Children

Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
London, Ontario 1995
Reprinted with permission.

This three part curriculum was developed by a community group, Men for Change, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The first booklet, for Grade 7 is called Dealing with Aggression while the second, for Grade 8, is called Gender Equality and Media Awareness and the third, for Grade 9, is entitled Forming Healthy Relationships.

This curriculum was designed to "address the underlying issues that contribute to violent behavior." (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.

Note: Healthy Relationships as listed in Educating for Change, is the only violence-prevention curriculum that the Centre recommends for secondary school students. It is also recommended for use at the elementary school level.

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