Domestic Violence Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is domestic violence? A text lesson provides an overview of the topic and an activity gives students a chance to dig deeper. Optional activities are also included along with related lessons.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'domestic violence'
  • outline key facts about domestic violence
  • research and analyze documented cases of domestic violence


1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Key Vocabulary

  • Domestic violence


  • Begin by asking students to write down a possible definition for domestic violence.
  • When all students have completed drafting their definition, have them share their ideas with the rest of the class.
  • Discuss the points presented by the students about domestic violence and write any key words on the board.
  • Now ask the class to read the introduction and Defining Domestic Violence sections of the text lesson Domestic Violence: Definition, Causes, Facts & History.
  • Review the definition of domestic violence that was provided in the text lesson. How did it compare to the definitions introduced by the students? Discuss this as a class.
  • Now have the class read and take notes on the rest of the text lesson.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some surprising facts about domestic violence?
  • What can be done to identify and prevent domestic violence?

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