Discussion Questions

Table of Contents:
  • 1. Compare the nature of dating violence to the nature of violence within marriage. Is the marriage license a “hitting license,” or are there other factors that increase the risk that intimates will be violent toward one another?
  • 2. Discuss the various ways economic factors influence the chances that IPV will occur.
  • 3. Why is it unfair to “blame” victims of IPV for remaining with their battering spouses? What resources or facilities in the community could help women who wanted to leave their violent partners?

Suggested Assignments

  • 1. Identify the services that exist for IPV in your community (e.g., shelters or safe houses, hotlines, counseling groups, and so on).
  • 2. Talk to someone who works in a shelter or a safe house. Is the address of the shelter public or a secret? How many women and children can the shelter hold? Does the shelter ever turn away women? Why? What is the philosophy of the shelter—how do they approach the problem of violence toward women?
  • 3. Create a resource book for victims of IPV in your community—include the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all resources that could be used by victims of IPV.
  • 4. Find out what services (if any) are available for victims of dating violence and sexual assault at your college or university.


  • 1. Myself included.
  • 2. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/1984/10/18/arts/nbc-wins-decisively-in-nielsen- tv-ratings.html.
  • 3. Availableathttp://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/o-j-20-years-later/o-j-simpsons-bronco- chase-theater-absurd-n129071.
  • 4. For Hertz rental cars.
  • 5. Available at http://nomore.org/nflplayerspsa/.
  • 6. The question used to measure dating violence was: “During the last 12 months, did your boyfriend or girlfriend ever hit, slap, or physically hurt you on purpose?”
  • 7. “Dating” was defined as a dyadic relationship involving meeting for a social interaction and joint activities with the explicit or implicit intention to continue the relationship until one of the parties terminates or until some other, more committed relationship is established.
  • 8. Of course, the wording of that question excludes men reporting rape.
  • 9. Simpson was acquitted for homicide in the death of his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman. He was found liable for the deaths in a civil trial.
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