Goals of the exercise: reflection on the participants regarding the bio-psychological impact of domestic violence on the victims.
Age of the participants: 13 to 17
Number of participants: 15 to 25
Duration of the exercise: 20 minutes (may vary depending on the debate produced)
Materials: Letter of Rights, adapted from “Violência Doméstica: Intervenção em grupo com mulheres vítimas – Manual para Profissionais” (Matos & Machado, 2011)
Step by step
- At the very beginning give to all of the participants a copy of the Letter of Rights.
- It is requested that the various rights be read aloud by the participants and in the end, we ask for opinions about the rights.
- Then, everyone is asked to crumple the Letter as much as possible.
- When everyone has their papers well wrinkled, they are asked to roll them out and try to put them in the initial format.
- Encourage a debate with questions about the bio-psycho-physiological impact of violence of the victims.
Letter of Rights
If you are in an abusive relationship, you need to know you have rights:
- I have the right to be myself.
- I have the right to put myself first.
- I have the right to be safe.
- I have the right to be treated with respect.
- I have the right to love and be loved.
- I have the right not to be perfect in all I do.
- I have the right to feel revolted and to protest when I am treated unfairly or abusively by anyone.
- I have the right to my privacy.
- I have the right to have opinions, to express them and to be taken seriously.
- I have the right to earn and control my money.
- I have the right to ask questions about everything that affects my life.
- I have the right to make decisions that affect my life.
- I have the right to grow, to develop myself and change.
- I have the right to say no!
- I have the right to make mistakes.
- I have the right not to take responsibility for the problems of others.
- I have the right to CONTROL MY LIFE AND TO CHANGE IT IF I’M NOT SATISFIED WITH IT!
Adapted from “Violência Doméstica: Intervenção em grupo com mulheres vítimas – Manual para Profissionais” (Matos & Machado, 2011)
Questions that can be addressed at first (after reading Letter of Rights)
- Do all people have access to these rights?
- If not, what are the rights that they can not access so easily?
- What can cause the absence of the exercise of these rights? Examples?
Questions that can be put in the second moment
- Did you get the sheet back to the initial shape? Why?
- How can the crumpled paper be related to domestic violence?
- Do victims of domestic violence manage to completely overcome the ill-treatment they have suffered?
- What kinds of consequences do domestic violence pose to the victim?
- And for the children, are there any consequences? Which?
Authorship / Adaptation or source: unknown source, adapted by CooLabora