Start Activities about dating violence

Activities about dating violence

(Facilitator Note: The cycle of violence graphic is on the Teen Relationship Web Site.

However, in an abusive relationship during this stressful period, the victim feels like they are "walking on eggshells," meaning if they slip up at anytime they could "set the abuser off." Once the explosion resolves, the abuser often tries to repair the relationship and most often the relationship cycle starts back at the honeymoon phase.

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.

One of you is going to have to get out." Give the group a moment to individually think about the clip that they just watched.