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Volume VII Number 2 . . . . September 22, 2000
A middle-aged woman with blonde hair stands at a podium in front of a group of high school students in an auditorium. She shows slides of a baby, a young girl, a Girl Guide holding a new baby, a high school graduate. As she nears the end of her talk, her voice takes on the huskiness of emotion and tears roll down her cheek. She is telling the story of her daughter, Monica, who has been dead for almost nine years. On October 7, 1991, a little after 11:00 p.m., there was a knock on the door. It was two policemen who informed her that Monica had been injured and that she was in the hospital. By the time she arrived, Monica, aged 19, had been pronounced dead.A Love that Kills briefly tells the story of Monica, a teenager who was physically and emotionally abused by her boyfriend and then murdered when she broke up the relationship. Monica's mother speaks about her own pain and the pain of watching her daughter become isolated from family and friends. Monica's mother introduces the warning signs of abuse throughout the video. Other teens, both male and female, talk about why they think people abuse. Two actors, one male and one female, also present the warning signs throughout the video. Monica's mother reiterates the seven warning signs at the end of the video.
The printed material, on the back of the cover, offers related resources, previewing steps for teachers, guidelines for educators and ground rules for discussion. The subject matter is powerful and may promote disclosures of abuse. However, it should also promote a lot of class discussion.
Jennifer Branch has just accepted a position at the State University of New York at Albany as an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science and Policy. She defended her dissertation in July of 2000 at the University of Alberta.
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