Abusive Relationships Worksheet

This lesson presents information on abusive relationships with the goal of helping young people recognize potential abuse avoiding those relationships.

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MatchCard Science Abusive Relationships Worksheet

Objective: Identify strategies that can help individuals avoid abusive relationships.

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MatchCard Information Pieces define and describe individuals who may or may not be high risk as abusers. Students mark the statements as true or false.

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This is MatchCard #11 of the Nutrition, Health, and Safety Unit Study.
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Why Teach About Abusive Relationships in Middle School?

Unfortunately, abusers exist in our society and likely in all societies. They are not always easy to spot. Women who have been in terrible situations usually report how kind and caring the individual seemed at first.

The goal of this lesson is to PREVENT abuse. How? By teaching the warning signs to students before they get into romantic relationships so they recognize dangere signs immediately.

Abusers generally believe they "own" the other person and have a difficult time allowing them to break off the relationship. The sooner their would-be victim recognizes the danger, the more likely they will be able to terminate the relationship without harm to herself.

Of course, we often think of abuse as occuring to females by male perpetrators, and statistically this is more often to be the case - but not always. It is invaluable to educate everyone about the characteristics that warn someone the relationship is unhealthy and dangerous.

In addition to preventing the student from becoming a victim, there is another goal in educating them about abuse. Fortunately, most of our kids will not be abused. But quite likely, a lot of them will be friends with someone who is. Their knowledge and support may be critical in helping another person avoid or escape a dangerous situation.

One more goal may be achieved by this lesson. Of course, none of us want our kids to grow up to be abusers. But if any do have any of these traits, this may be a good time for them to think about their attitudes and behaviors.

Let's Teach

What Is A Healthy Relationship

Opening Activity

Wedding Rings

Ask your student(s) to describe a healthy marriage. They may include such qualities as: Let them create the list. This activity can be a poster or lapbook. Some students (ie girls - not to sound sexist but likely to be true) might like to include art work of wedding rings, bridal bouquets, wedding cakes, etc.

Unhealthy Relationships


Discuss what an unhealthy relationship might be. Obviously, the oppositve of the goals listed above might be a starting point.

You might list the qualities they state, but the poster and artwork aren't needed for this part of the activity.

Abusive Relationships

Some relationships are more than just unhealthy: they are abusive. In an abusive relationship one person starts to control the other. The abuse is often physical. But it might start non-physically, by emotionally or financially trying to control the other person.

Ask the student(s) what they think an abusive relationship would be like. Use this discussion to introduce MatchCard #11. (see the link above to print)

Information on the Abusive Relationship MatchCard

Thumbs Up and Down

Give the student the MatchCard and the nine thumbs. They put a thumbs up on statements that are true and a thumbs down for statements that are false.

Discussion Questions

Role Play

Role play what you would say if you suspect a friend of yours is being abused.

Just as it is possible to be abused, it is also possible to be falsely accused of abuse. How should someone respond?

This is the last lesson in the Nutrition, Health and Safety Unit Study. More Information on MatchCard Science is below.

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MatchCards are like flashcards - but fun. Students learn and review all the major science concepts with one MatchCard for each objective. Learn how to set up a MatchCard Notebook with the free download of the MatchCard Science Instructor's Guide.

Review 5 objectives a day, three days a week and watch how their knowledge of science expands.

Nutrition, Health, and Safety Unit Study

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Eleven different MatchCards will guide students to making healthy choices for optimal living.

Download the entire Nutrition, Health, and Safety Unit Study.

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