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When the students enter the classroom, give each person ten red sticker dots and ten green sticker dots (or one red and one green marker).
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?
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Materials Students will need: (Facilitator Note: The statements do not have to be hung in any particular order.
(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.
Conduct a brainstorming session about what questions might arise for a person who is trying to leave an abusive relationship.
Record and validate the participants' answers by writing their comments on the board.
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.
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 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?