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There are many resources online about violence. Some of those resources are listed here.

Violence describes, or tells about, things that people do that hurt other people. Violence can hurt physically (your body) and emotionally (your feelings). Here are comments from other people who have used this website

Greg Moffitt and Eric Turner used information from the site to facilitate a session in a class they take at Brown University with Ross Cheit. This is what Greg wrote:

the site is overwhelming and i don't think that is a bad thing. eric and i sat down the night before a section about violence and became educated by stories, statistics, and reality. i say it was overwhelming because it was emotionally difficult to read and see the effects of violence - the reality. but i think that's the point. this site and the work collected on it are emotionally overwhelming and difficult and serious and complicated issues. i think the emotion is a sign that the site is meaningful and done with purpose. it was easy to navigate and the sheer volume of stories collected is powerful in itself. it is shocking and saddening and angering all at once. and, the site is organized in a way that is easily accessible and lets the user know what they are linking to with good context.

in case it helps, this is how we used the info in our section. i've copied the section outline below and the comments that it brought up...

lesson plan | ps 109: section | friday 11.17.00.

personal check-in.

in circle, each person share's a personal hi/low about how they're doing.


this will be a difficult discussion - one that some will be familiar with, one that some will be uncomfortable talking about. there are no experts in the group. we will bring up more questions than answers. today we want to talk about domestic violence. we've been reading a lot child abuse, neglect, prisons - at the core of this is a notion about violence. we want to talk about it. unpack it. see how we've seen it play out in our placements. in a group this size (12 students) there is a good chance that there are folks in this room for whom this conversation will be extremely personal - please be aware of that. we invite you to share what you are comfortable talking about. silence is ok too..

text, journal, and dialogue as storyteller.

hand out copies of "Personal Stories: Cyndie" - read silently for 12 minutes - and then journal immediately about reactions with a focus on what the violence means for Cyndie, her abuser, us, and our placement - what was the most striking feature of violence in the story.

partner up..

one person talks for 5 minutes without interruption..

second person does the same..


in circle, each person share's one word reaction to synthesize response to conversation/reading.


unpack the one word synthesis and reaction.

guiding questions:.

  • what does violence mean?
  • what is the relationship between violence, children, and public policy?
  • how does violence impact the lives of the "clients" in our agencies?
  • how does violence impact and relate to the work of our agencies?
  • how does our agency approach violence?
  • what does violence mean for a kid at the Training School?
  • what does it mean to see a violent death?
  • is this work about making connections?
  • can we make connections to this?
  • should we be?
  • how do our agencies ignore/promote violence within their own institution?
  • is there child abuse at the training school?
  • are victims victimized again?
  • what would have to be different for our agencies to deal well with violence?
  • do our agencies deal by making violence and our clients anonymous?
  • what does that mean?
  • is neglect violence?

  • back to violence home

    go to writings about violence

    take a quiz about violence

    take a virtual tour of a domestic violence shelter

    resources for teachers

    to literacy resources

    november 22, 2000

    updated July 30, 2002