Directions: Respond to the prompts following each of the scenarios below based on the topical readings and any other resources you find helpful. Each response should be 75 to 100 words.
Scenario 1: Jeannine and Robert have been together for five years and have been married for the past three years. They live in an apartment together. There have been a few instances of physical violence from Robert toward Jeannine throughout the relationship, mostly shoving her around and, a couple of times, slapping her, always followed by effusive apology, explaining his actions as stress from his job. Imagine you are Jeannine’s counselor and she reveals that Robert has been showing signs of more violence, escalating in verbal threats. A couple of weeks ago, he grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her so violently, she ended up with a sore neck and migraine headache. Last week, he punched her in the ribs a couple of times, resulting in bruising, which she revealed to you. She fears for her safety, though she is not yet ready to move out or leave him.