Introduction to Teen Domestic Violence Themes
From Catholic University of America’s Law School Domestic Violence Workshop Series
Disclaimer: (note to presenter: explain the disclaimer) Throughout the presentation I may speak more frequently of victims as women. This is not to say that men are never victims or that women never abuse. Obviously, that is not true. However, the statistics on domestic violence show that approximately 95% of adult domestic violence victims are women. Likewise, teen studies reflect similar numbers. Remember though, abuse is wrong no matter who is doing it.
Actors: Select 2 students and 1 instructor to play the following roles
Jasmine: student who experiences abuse
Mike: Jasmine’s boyfriend
Leo: Jasmine’s friend
-Jasmine and Mike have been dating for 6 months. They are at a party; Mike sees Jasmine talking to Leo and overhears her saying that she likes his new car.
*gets angry because he does not have a car and had to bring Jasmine to the party on the bus
*he goes over and grabs Jasmine by the arm and pulls her outside
*he yells at her and says that he doesn’t want her talking
with Leo again
*his face is red and he is shaking Jasmine while he is yelling
*she is very embarrassed that Mike grabbed her and yelled at her in the middle of the party
*she tells Mike to leave her alone
-Provide the following background information to the class:
*you are about to see a scene from a high school party
*Jasmine and Mike have been dating for 6 months
*Mike sees Jasmine talking to Leo (a friend) at the party
1. What did you see happening between Mike and Jasmine?
2. Does anyone think there was anything wrong with what
Mike did? What was wrong? (be prepared for students to
think there was nothing wrong with Mike’s actions and
prepare a response for those students)
3. How do you think Jasmine feels about what Mike did?
4. How would you feel if someone did this to you?
5. Would you call Mike’s actions abuse?
6. What kind of abuse?
7. Those who think what Mike did was not abusive, raise your hands.
8. Why do you think what just happened was not abusive?
9. Is this likely to be an isolated incident? Might the things Mike did be part of a larger pattern of abuse?