Domestic Abuse and Your Safety - English Language Learning Curriculum

The Minnesota Literacy Council created this curriculum with funding from ECHO (Emergency, Community, Health, and Outreach).  The goal of the curriculum is to to create awareness and promote discussion around the sensitive issue of domestic abuse and dating violence.  At the end of the curriculum, students will be able to define various types of domestic abuse in the United States and have learned about multicultural resources for those in need of assistance.We invite you to adapt it for your own classrooms. If you would like free copies of the corresponding DVD to play in your classroom or offer your students, please contact Joanna at ECHO by emailing [email protected].

Approximately 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in Minnesota, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Women who are refugees and immigrants are vulnerable to becoming part of this statistic and at high risk of isolation from help. Language and cultural barriers, pre and post-migration trauma, separation from support networks, and limited knowledge of the U.S. legal system and available services prevent women from seeking safety. 


Unit Overview

This is a 1-week unit where students will become familiar with what domestic/dating violence is, who it affects, and what resources are available for help. They will also use “too much/too many” with count/non-count nouns and learn how to quantify non-count nouns. Intermediate Level (CASAS reading scores of 201-220)



Domestic Violence Unit Curriculum (PDF)