Teaching empathy to men could save lives

Play acting has proved suprisingly effective in fighting domestic violence.

 

The distraught young man above underwent regular individual therapy sessions incorporating play acting and role reversal in the consulting room. This enhanced his ability to empathise. His wife/victim also received individual therapy sessions comprising validation, confidence building and encouraging feelings of empowerment. Both the victim and perpetrator were suffering depression and needed additional therapy for depression. This helped make them feel hopeful. The result 10 weeks later was a happy reunion.