Dating violence role play scenarios
Some of what the couple talks about may bring on strong emotions.This is natural, but comments should be held until the group discussion.Grade Levels: 9-12 This activity would be most effective if delivered in one 60-minute session.Prerequisites Before beginning this activity, watch the video listed below or preview the clips on the Web.(Facilitator Note: The cycle of violence graphic is on the Teen Relationship Web Site.This may help you explain the cycle for your students.)Discuss with the group the relevance of these words to violence and abuse, explaining that there is a similar pattern in most abusive relationships.The Cycle of Violence is the term given to the cycle that abusive relationships usually follow.Learning about the cycle will help to explain why it can be difficult to get out of such a relationship.
The Cycle of Violence can help them understand a bit more.During the conversation, confirm or suggest the following points: Abusive relationships often involve escalation and threats, and may be complicated by various physical, emotional, economic, social, and sexual factors.Ask the group what kinds of threats would be used in a marriage.To illustrate this, ask the group the following questions: Q: Why would a victim of abuse agree to remain in an abusive relationship and start the cycle over again?A: The victim may grant forgiveness because maybe they love their abuser, they hope the abuse will never happen again, they fear what the abuser will do if they end the relationship, and they are in denial about the seriousness of the abuse.