Abusive Relationships PSA

A PSA (Public Service Announcement) by Trevor Elzey for Government and Civics class about Abusive Relationships to the song "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles.


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation.[1] Domestic violence, so defined, has many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.[1][2] Alcohol consumption[3] and mental illness[4] can be co-morbid with abuse, and present additional challenges in eliminating domestic violence. Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country, and from era to era.

Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.[5]

Source: Wikipedia

The Cycle of Domestic Violence
Denise Brown-Cycle of Domestic Violence

Denise Brown has made a life-long commitment to educate the public as well as improve the quality of living for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, She is determined to banish the darkness and end the silence.



Living in a Violent Home

For teens, living in a house affected by domestic violence can have devastating, life-long effects.  Teens living with domestic violence face the unique problem of trying to fit in with their peers while keeping their home life a secret.  The result can be teens who never learn to form trusting, lasting relationships, or teens who end up in violent relationships themselves. But Rubyanna learned to survive living in a violent home through music.

Rubyanna, a talented singer/songwriter, talks about her experience with Sexual Abuse and how she is surviving it through her music.


Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or (often pejoratively) molester.[1] The term also covers any behavior by any adult towards a child to stimulate either the adult or child sexually. When the victim is younger than the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse. Source: Wikipedia

What is Abuse?

It's hard to label a behavior 'abusive' but it can help you stay safe. Learn the warning signs of abuse at the "Love Is Respect" website by clicking on this image:

Love Is Respect website



Rubyanna's Gift

After seeing the In Search of Me Cafe teen self-help website, Rubyanna was moved to write this song. She surprised website creator Stan Cottle with the song as a gift, and Stan returned the favor by producing this music video, which is featured below. Rubyanna's producer, Deb Cottle, also included "In Search of Me" as the first track of a new CD titled "Music & Motivation, Volume 1" featuring Rubyanna's music. Look for downloads at World On A String Productions.

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