Assemble and Evaluate Your Preventative Education Curriculum
The REaDAPt Educational Toolkit is a free to use curriculum that can be used or modified to help young people respond to domestic violence in their own and their parents' relationships. The Educational Toolkit consists of over 20 lessons and activities that can be used by teachers and practitioners to deliver a domestic abuse prevention education programme to young people aged 12-18 years. It is available in English, Spanish, French and Maltese - so that educators can modify the activities to suit the needs, interests, ages and ability levels of their students. The Toolkit can be considered as a catalogue of activities that teachers/practitioners can choose from when implementing their own domestic abuse prevention education programme. The Toolkit is split into six modules and we recommend that educators spend at least one hour delivering a selection of the material from each module. In particular, teachers are encouraged to include Module 6 of the Toolkit in their intervention. This module focuses on how children can seek help when experiencing domestic abuse and requires teachers to outline legal, criminal justice and other services for those confronted by domestic abuse.
If you are setting up a new intervention, it is important to evaluate whether it is having the intended outcome. The REaDAPt Research Toolkit can be used to help you identify whether children's attitudes to domestic abuse are changing and whether they have become more likely to see help if they encounter domestic violence in their family home or in their own dating relationships. The Research Toolkit - which is available in English, French and Spanish - provides comprehensive advice on how to conduct an evaluation of this type of programme.
The Attitudes towards Domestic Violence (ADV) questionnaire is a key part of the toolkit. The ADV can be administered before a new curriculum is launched, during and afterwards to asses change over time. Visitors to this website, including teachers, practitioners and students are welcome to use the questionnaire without seeking permission from the authors, as long as they cite Fox, C.L., & Gadd, D. (2012) with this website address.
In the film, Through a Child’s Eyes, a young boy talks about his experience of witnessing his father being violent towards his mother. He tells his story through pictures he has drawn. The film highlights a child’s perspective in domestic violence situations and encourages children to share the film with their teachers. The film is available in French and English following the links below. If you use the film, please credit Bruno Podalydes, (2006) production lesfilms du poisson. The Film is also available in French. A Spanish script for the film can also be downloaded here.