Dating violence scenario
In facilitating this discussion, make sure the following points are made: Abusive and non-abusive relationships start the same, like a honeymoon: pleasant and fun.
The honeymoon phase allows a couple to bond and develop strong feelings for each other.
Distribute the Video Viewing Guide and ask the students to think about the questions on the handout as they watch the video clip: If you can't show the clip from the Web, cue the video about eight minutes into the episode, to where a young man named Michael says "When I do hit her, it's with compassion.
It's not like a blow." Stop the tape when you see a group of young people in a classroom and one of them says, "If you gotta hit on your woman, I don't think you should be in that relationship.
The Cycle of Violence can help them understand a bit more.
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.
To illustrate the importance of this bond in the cycle of violence, ask the group, "If on the first or second date someone called you names, asked you constantly about your whereabouts, or hit you would you continue to date them?
" Almost all participants will answer, "Of course I wouldn't date them!