By: Dijana Damjanovic for ABC.
New figures show television might be contributing to unhealthy perspectives on domestic abuse.
A peak body representing young people has found 60 per cent of young Australians get their information about domestic violence from general television, that is not news.
Katie Acherson from Youth Action New South Wales said television may be leading many young people in the wrong direction.
“There are a lot of representations of unhealthy relationships in the media that we wouldn’t necessarily want young people to glean or look up to as healthy,” she said.
The survey, conducted by White Ribbon and Youth Action, also found 75 per cent of 16 to 25 year olds know that domestic violence is common but have difficulty understanding what a normal level of conflict is in a relationship.
Moo Baulch from Domestic Violence New South Wales believes a lack of education makes it hard for teens to understand what is considered normal in a partnership.
"When people are having their first relationships, it can be really difficult to make a call on whether the behaviour your partner is doing or coercing you to do is domestic violence or a normal level of conflict in a relationship," she said.
The survey of more than 3,000 Australians aged 16-24 has not been conducted for 15 years and also revealed that only 54 per cent of high school aged respondents got their information from schools.
14-year-old student petitions for violence prevention lessons.
This year, a 14-year-old girl petitioned the New South Wales Government to teach domestic violence prevention in schools following the death of her mother.
Yesterday, the Government gave teachers a new domestic violence toolkit that personal development, health and physical education teachers can incorporate in their classrooms.
Ms Acherson said the toolkit is not enough.