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Day 1: Lesson #2 Understanding Domestic Violence - Causes and Concerns


Material for a 2.25-hour lesson (3x45 min.), part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.


To better understand domestic violence, it is necessary to look at the various behaviors typically demonstrated by abusers and the manner in which the abuser controls the lives of their victims, the partner and frequently innocent children. There are a variety of theories that address the behaviors of both the abuser and the victims, examining both the past and present history as well as some of the predictable behaviors that will be witnessed. This lesson also examines the often silent victim–the children–and the impact on them.

The goal of these sessions is to provide the participants with the key foundation elements to increase their understanding of the causes of domestic violence. This will include elements related to the social and psychological dynamics of domestic violence in Kosovo.

At the end of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  1. Understand concepts related to power and control.
  2. Understand elements of equality and the break down of equality.
  3. Understand the elements of the cycle of violence.
  4. Identify eleven (11) reasons why the victim remains in the abusive relationship.