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ERIC Number: ED440282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
"But What Can I Do?" Helping Victims of Domestic Violence. Teacher to Teacher: Enhancing Adult Literacy in the State of Ohio.
Collins, Lisa
This newsletter, which is intended for adult literacy teachers throughout Ohio, consists of a single article: "'But What Can I Do?' Helping Victims of Domestic Violence" (Lisa Collins). The article begins with a series of statistics on domestic violence in the United States. Next, domestic violence is defined as an ongoing and often-escalating pattern of behavior in which abusers maintain control over victims through physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse. The three phases of the cycle of violence characterizing domestic violence (the tension-building, explosion, and honeymoon phases) are described along with the tactics that abusers generally use to maintain control over their victims. Presented next are 8 warning signs that can help teachers determine whether their students are victims of domestic violence and 14 immediate steps to help domestic violence victims in their struggle to escape being the target of partner violence. The remaining two sections of the article detail the various legal options (including three types of restraining orders) available to victims of domestic violence and guidelines for leaving abusive relationships when the abuser is still living in the victim's home and when the abuser has left the victim's home. (Contains 14 references and 3 additional resources.) (MN)
Ohio Literacy Resource Center, Research 1, 1100 Summit St., P.O. Box 5190, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242-0001. Tel: 800-765-2897 (Toll Free); Tel: 330-672-2007; Fax: 330-672-4841; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Literacy Resource Center, Kent.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio