Since 2004, PEACE Programs have been partnering with educators of grades K – 12 in schools in their community to increase awareness about domestic violence and the impact domestic violence has on children and youth. Currently in classrooms, PEACE programs are faced with questions about experiences of sexual violence happening to girls in BC schools and the community.
As an extension of the Violence Is Preventable Program, 30 PEACE programs will pilot the BELIEVE project for one year as a coordinated provincial response to sexual violence in BC schools.
Through presentations in schools, this project is focused on helping students in grades 6-8 understand healthy relationships and sexual violence specifically on topics such as consent, sexting, sexual harassment and how one can access support.
This project is funded by a Civil Forfeiture Grant distributed by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. It launched in 2017 and will run to 2018.