Domestic violence is a taboo and violence between young men and women who are dating, called dating violence, is not less of a taboo. This means that youths do not receive the help and support they need.
Exposure to dating violence heightens the risk for domestic violence later on in life. By preventing dating violence, we can simultaneously prevent future domestic violence and therewith assure that children do not suffer from domestic violence.
It is therefore important to break the taboo and silence surrounding violence. Dating violence is most prevalent in relationships which have existed less than 6 months and between partners who do not live together. It is, in other words, the youngest youths, who are most at risk.
Research moreover shows that those youths who have been subjected to dating violence are more tolerant of violence. They see the use of violence as a necessity for not becoming a victim of violence themselves.
LOKK has produced teaching material aimed at creating debate and spreading knowledge about what it means to be a good boy- or girlfriend. The material contains a wide variety of problems, themes and solutions which demands that youths take a stand on the issue. This gives youths the opportunity to reflect on their own romantic relationship and to help and support a friend.
LOKK hopes that the material can help youths to dare set their own boundaries and to be open as a friend and ask others about problems regarding violence. Dating violence can happen to anyone.
The teaching material
The film ‘When love hurts’ (‘Når kærlighed gør ondt’) relates the experiences of four youths and their struggle to escape a violent relationship. It moreover gives inspiration on how to have a romantic relationship without dating violence. (it is only available in Danish)
The game ‘Party or Flop’ ('Fest eller Fiasko?') introduces youths to certain dilemmas which they need to relate to and decide on. They decide, whether the situation results in either a party or a flop. The material can be used in class or by individual students. (It is only available in Danish)
LOKK - Landsorganisation af kvindekrisecentre arbejder for at synliggøre, forebygge og eliminere mænds vold mod kvinder og børn.
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