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Lesson #01: What is Domestic Violence


Material for a 2-hour lesson, part of the Domestic Violence Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.


The goal of this lesson is to provide participants with an introduction to the crime of domestic violence. To understand the nature, of the growing problem in this area faced by law–enforcement services worldwide, the lesson will examine the supposed, and actual causes of domestic violence, myths and realities concerning the societal roles of women and men that foster such violence, and discuss possible solutions to this life-threatening social problem.

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

  1. Define “domestic violence.”
  2. Outline the main concepts related to power and control to explain the underlying psychological causes of domestic violence
  3. List and briefly describe the six (6) categories of abusive behaviour.
  4. Identify some of the most common myths or misconceptions about domestic violence