PSHE KS3/4: Surviving abuse - Sarah's story

Stacey Dooley talks to a domestic abuse survivor, Sarah, about a violent incident. The survivor recalls several incidents when her former partner physically attacked her.

In the last and final incident, he took her hostage for eight hours and subjected her to a brutal attack where he punched her, head-butted her and dragged her down the stairs by her hair.

The attack is so violent that at one point she thought that she’ll never get out. As soon as she found a way to leave, she fled.

This clip is from the series Beaten By My Boyfriend.

Teacher Notes

Students could be asked to think of all the excuses Sarah’s boyfriend made to pardon his behaviour. For each one, they could try to think of an argument against it to show that it was irrational or abnormal.

They could incorporate their ideas into a script for a short play. They could try and give the play a positive outcome for Sarah, preventing her from enduring hours of abuse.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching PSHE at KS3 and KS4/GCSE Level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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