PSHE GCSE: Love Hurts - Melika's story

A drama-documentary that tells the story of Melika who is 24 and lives in South London.

She was in an abusive relationship with the father of her two children.

Her partner abused drink and drugs and on more than one occasion physically abused her.

The abuse only came to an end when her partner was arrested and imprisoned for robbery.

The film is based on an actual interview but for the safety of the interviewee, names have been changed and the words are spoken by actors.

Contains adult themes. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.

This clip is from the series Love Hurts.

Teacher Notes

Whilst watching the clip, students could record the abusive behaviours within the relationship and be encouraged to think about physical, emotional and social factors.

Students could then discuss why Melika might have tolerated this and what might be causing her ex-partner's behaviour.

Students could record how Melika's life changed when she made the decision to end the relationship.

As a follow-on students could explore web-based and local source of sources of support for people in abusive relationships.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching PSHE at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 in Scotland.

More from Love Hurts:

Love Hurts - Charlotte's story
Love Hurts - Chris' story
Love Hurts - Lily's story
Love Hurts - Rose's story
Love Hurts - Shaun's story