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Linguistic structures and their consequences on domestic violence in the school and social contexts

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Linguistic structures and their consequences on domestic violence in the school and social contexts

The project aimed to produce an analysis of linguistic structures and their consequences on domestic violence in the school and social contexts, and use these in various educational and networking actions




The project resulted in a wide range of activities and methods, addressing the following topics:
·   Language and Violence
·   Language and Rights
·   Language and Help
Important activities of the project included:
·  Questionnaires on the topic of violence;
·  Development and implementation of training modules 'Dimensions of violence', 'Communication' and ‘The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child' in all three partner countries;
·  The organisation of  Project days;
·  A training course ‘Communication' as well as different workshops for students;
·  Parent/teacher workshops on 'Rights of children and young people' and
·  Networking with important institutions (advisory boards, etc.)

Lessons and ideas

From the results and experiences gained from the project, the following lessons were learned about preventing violence, especially in schools:
. School management and teachers must adopt an approach of violence prevention and be open to new ways of tackling this;
. Clear rules in schools and the avoidance of labelling of pupils support prevention work;
. The themes “language and violence', 'language and rights' and 'language and help' should be part of every curriculum and be dealt with in a multidisciplinary manner;
. Training courses in communications and behaviour, ie role-playing and practical exercises, should occupy an important, extensive position in this respect;
. Observation of violent behaviour within the school makes an additional contribution to training the perception and promotes the examination of this problem;
. All-day project days, for example on the subject of 'body language' are an ideal supplement to the teaching;
. Gender-specific measures are also worthwhile, since children and young people can develop freely in a protected context and their social skills are promoted;
. Inter-schools measures supplement the range of preventive measures and help break down prejudices;
. In principle, forms have to be found which are appropriate to children and young people to shed light on the theme of 'Violence, rights and help' for them , this should be done in collaboration with the children and young people themselves;
. To achieve long-term, far-reaching results, it is imperative to involve parents in the work;
. Cooperation with clubs, organisations, government offices, schools, experts is of very great importance to successful prevention work;
. Cooperation with European partners boosts motivation and allows an interesting exchange of experience in dealing with violence.;
. International cooperation promotes inter-cultural skills.


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