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Kathryn Keats

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Beginning to end the cycle of domestic violence by giving school children tools to pre-qualify love.

The number of people who are victims of domestic violence has not changed in years. If we implement an educational program in school systems and in our communities, giving elementary school children tools to pre-qualify love, we will begin to see a decrease in violence. I will use a list of expectations as an example tool. Beginning this program with a simple list that each child creates, pointing out how he or she expects to be treated in all of his or her relationships, might be a way to begin. This list will act as a reference point for each child, perhaps for years to come. The first list may very well be the best list they ever make! This list allows children to begin thinking about how they want to be treated by people they love, and those who love them. This list makes it possible for educators to better identify children who are victims of domestic violence or are at risk to become victims or perpetrators of violence, thus offering children the chance to have happier lives and to understand they are entitled to being treated well and doing the same for others.

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    Oct 21 2011: Part of me thinks a simple list won't do anything to stop domestic violence, but the other part of me thinks, well it's something. It's a start.

    If it sets a strong foundation for kids then I think you really don't have anything to lose by attempting it. I wish we could start today.
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      Oct 21 2011: Hi Cale, We have started right here! Of course, other tools will be used as well to begin communication skills for youth and teachers. The list is an example I used when this conversation first began. We should all make our lists here!

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