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Have Young People’s Attitudes Towards Violence Changed Since 1999?

White Ribbon Australia and Youth Action NSW have launched a ground-breaking survey of Young People’s Attitudes towards Domestic and Family Violence. It will be the first comprehensive national measurement of young people’s understandings of and attitudes towards domestic, family and intimate partner violence (DFV/IPV) in 15 years.

Director of Policy and Advocacy at Youth Action NSW, Eamon Waterford said a similar survey in 1999 had found that young people had alarmingly low levels of understanding of DFV/IPV, but since then Australia has undergone significant societal changes and much work has been done to raise awareness of the issue.

“The 2014 survey of Young People’s Attitudes towards Domestic and Family Violence seeks to provide an insight into a new generation, to inform primary prevention action and the work of policy makers, government, the community services sector and others,” Mr Waterford said.

“Critically, the age group targeted for this survey – men and women aged 16 to 25 – are a new cohort of young people whose attitudes and awareness is largely unsurveyed. This will provide a robust comparison to 1999 data through which we can measure attitudinal change.”

White Ribbon Australia’s Youth and Schools Program Manager, Jennifer Mullen explained that the 10 minute online survey was completely anonymous, would collect participants’ demographic information and ask a range of questions regarding their understanding of and attitudes towards gender roles, domestic and family violence, and relationships between young people.

“The questions in the survey only measure attitudes and care has been taken to ensure questions do not seek disclosure of experiences of DFV/IPV,” Ms Mullen said.

“In order to ensure a sound evidence base, the survey requires a large response base across young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including ethnicity, geography, age and religion.”

The project has been assessed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of NSW.

Interview opportunities:

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Youth Action NSW, Eamon Waterford

Youth and Schools Program Manager, White Ribbon Australia, Jennifer Mullen

General Manager, Curriculum, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, Dr Phil Lambert PSM

Media enquiries or to arrange interview opportunities:

Anil Lambert, Mountain Media, 0416 426 722

Social media assets to accompany survey link:

Facebook and Twitter pic (shareable meme)

Twitter pic (generic announcement)

Facebook pic (generic annoucement)

Please Tweet @WhiteRibbonAust and @YouthActionNSW. #YouthAttitudes can be used on Facebook and Twitter.

Other materials:

Participant Information Statement

Survey Information Sheet

Note to media:

White Ribbon Australia asks all media professionals to include the following line when reporting on incidents of men’s violence against women: If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT for advice or support. In an emergency, call 000.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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