Working to prevent sexual, domestic and family violence requires social change on number of levels. Education can support the changes in attitudes and beliefs that are needed in order for such violence to be thought about differently, and ultimately stopped. 

It's important that any education programs that are undertaken with the intent of preventing violent behaviours are developed based on theory, and with evidence of positive outcomes. Education programs for the primary prevention of sexual assault should comply with the National Standards for Sexual Assault Prevention Education.

National Standards for Sexual Assault Prevention Education

The National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV) developed the 'National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault Through Education' with funding received from the Federal Office for the Status of Women.

The National Standards were developed by a research team led by Associate Professor Moira Carmody from the Social Justice Social Change Research Centre in a collaborative partnership with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.


Sex and Ethics Training

The Sex and Ethics Program is a six week education program that provides young women and men opportunities to learn new ways of negotiating sexual intimacy. 

The program is based on a sexual ethics framework developed by Moira Carmody PhD who has over 30 years of experience in working with young people and on sexual assault prevention education.

The education programme is a skill based program. A key element of the program is that it does not tell young people what they should do but provides an ethical framework to help them make ethical decisions about intimate relationships. The long term goal is to build the capacity of young people to negotiate sexual intimacy and prevent sexual assault and to reduce unwanted, coerced sex in casual and ongoing relationships.

Topics include:

  • Different cultural perspectives on sexual intimacy;
  • The sexual ethics framework and how to decide what is right for you and the impact on others
  • How to handle pressures to be sexual
  • Non-verbal communication skills
  • Alcohol and drugs and the impact on sexual decision making
  • Skills in ethical consent and the law, sexting and other uses of social media
  • Negotiating conflicting desires and needs in casual and ongoing relationships
  • Recognising the signs of abusive relationships
  • Breaking up and
  • Being an ethical bystander and standing up to sexual violence and other gendered based abuse in your community.


To learn more about the program, visit the sex and ethics website:

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