Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

Information for Students and Adults

Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects adults, children, even pets. Until the cycle of violence is broken, countless lives can be affected or destroyed. Here's what you can do to stop the violence:

For middle school students:

  • Respect classmates and family members. Don't make fun of or try to control them. Talk to your friends and classmates when they belittle others or make jokes about violence.
  • When you are angry with your friends, a sibling or parents, don't try to hurt or humiliate them. Act in a non-violent, respectful way when solving conflicts.
  • Make a contract with your classmates that abusive behavior and language is NOT OK and will not be tolerated.
  • Form a group of classmates who will work with domestic violence staff, parents, teachers and school administrators to start a discussion about developing a school program on dating and family violence.
  • Examine your own attitudes and behaviors. Try to live a VIOLENCE-FREE life.

For high school students:

  • Cultivate a respectful attitude toward people in your school and in your family. Avoid behaviors that demean or control women and other students.
  • When you are angry with someone, try to resolve the conflict in a non-violent and respectful way, without hurting or humiliating the other person.
  • Ask and learn about domestic violence, then give a presentation in school to share with your peers.
  • Build a general agreement among your classmates and friends that abusive behavior and language is not OK and will not be tolerated.
  • Ask your teachers or principal to work with domestic violence programs to help make your school and surrounding community safe for girls and boys.

For adults:

  • Respect others in your workplace. Avoid behaviors that demean or control women and other co-workers.
  • When you are angry with your partner or children, respond without hurting or humiliating them. Use a non-violent respectful response to resolving conflicts in your family.
  • If you have a friend or co-worker who is afraid of his/her partner or who is being hurt, offer your support.
  • Build a consensus among your colleagues and neighbors that abusive behavior and language is unacceptable.
  • Talk to your friends and neighbors when they belittle women or ignore a battered woman.

Examine your own life for violence and oppressive behaviors. If you see or hear violence in progress, dial 9-1-1. If you continue to hurt friends or family or you need to get help for someone else, call the BSO Special Victims and Family Crimes Section at (954) 321-4200.

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