Week 31 -- "The dangers of abuse and abusive relationships" -- Grade 11

Week 31 -- "The dangers of abuse and abusive relationships" -- Grade 11

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: The dangers of abuse and abusive relationships.

Brief Summary: There can be no greater pain than that of seeing your child hurt. When an abusive relationship takes control of your teen, it can be hard to reach and help them get out of it. Teens may not even realize the extent to which they are abused and will not listen to your advice. They may even grow fearful of having to choose between the relationship and their relationship with you. This is the time to take great care with your teens and get help yourself so that everyone can move forward in a healthy positive way.

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides the following list of behaviors and the behaviors of a significant other that could indicate your child is in a dangerous situation:
    • Checks her phone, email, or social networking sites often and without permission.
    • Calls him names or demeans him.
    • Isolates her from family and friends.
    • Checks up on him with constant calls and texts.
    • Is extremely jealous when she spends time with other people.
    • Does not allow him to work or have access to funds.
    • Withholds affection as punishment or manipulation.
    • Has violent outbursts that are mostly directed at your child.
    • Threatens to hurt your child, their children, you, or your extended family in any way.
    • Has physically harmed your child.
  • If your child is experiencing any of these, it’s time to sit down and talk.It is important to  be patient and non-accusatory. 

Continue the Conversation:

  • Ask about the relationship in a non-judgmental way so that you can get the details of the relationship to determine how you need to proceed.
  • Find out how long the abuse has been going on and ask how you can be supportive.

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