Persuasion Speech

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DeAnna Haase
Speech 1200
Persuasion Speech: Domestic Violence Abuse: What is it and is it wrong or right?

General Purpose: To Persuade

Specific Idea:To persuade my audience to help local non-profit Domestic Violence Organization by donating different items that will help keep the organization open and victims of Abuse safe from their abuser.

Central Idea: To persuade my audience that Domestic Violence is not just legally wrong, it is morally wrong as well.

I. Introduction
A. Hook
I am going to tell you a story about a couple I knew named Hope and Damian (Names have been changed). Hope met Damian March 26, 2004, the courtship was short and in 2 weeks, Hope was living with Damian. The first 3 months of their relationship was wonderful. Damian was a regular Romeo. He bought Hope gifts, plowed her with money so she could go shopping whenever she wanted and he let her go out with her girlfriends whenever she wanted to. Hope was in love and nothing that her parents, two best friends or even what her son said to her, about not liking him mattered. All that mattered was that he loved her and she loved him.

That ended on a Saturday night in June, just 3 months later. Hope and Damian went out to eat and Damian had a few drinks. As Hope was driving them home, they started to disagree about something. Hope had a strong will and grew up learning to never, ever let someone disrespect her. She was not a weak woman. Well before they got home, within a very short time frame, Hope had her nose broken. It was so bad that both eyes swelled up immediately and within 3 minutes her eyes were so black and blue, she almost could not drive the rest of the way home. Did she go to the hospital? No, because she was embarrassed. You see Hope came from a family where that stuff just did not happen. She didn’t want the people she loved to know, so she stayed with a friend. That was the first time Hope left. In three days, Damian had found her and she went back after many promises, that it would not happen again. Well, guess what? It happened again, and again and again. Hope stayed with Damian from 2004 until July of 2011. She left six times; she even went as far as three states to get away once. Well, guess what? He found her there too and she traveled back once more because he told her it would be different, that he had changed. Within 2 weeks, Hope knew it was a lie and started working so that she could have emergency money as a backup plan.

What made her finally leave for good? Her son almost died and all he cared about was that she did not bring home cigarettes one morning. That morning, on July of 2011, Damian hit her one too many times and she made it final.

She called the police, pressed charges, moved immediately into a safe house and did not go back. In those 7 years, Hope was told she was stupid, a whore, that she was not worth loving, she was hit, pushed, slapped, punched, shot at, kicked down flights of stairs, in front of her son, and was beat so bad one night, that her skull was fractured.

B. Central Idea
I am now going to point out some things about Domestic Violence with a few things that I think will make those of you, in this class, who think it is ok to hit a woman, man or a significant other, that it is not OK!

I will only use a few sources, but the most important source that I will be using will be the sword of truth. The Bible. I will also let you know some legal ramifications as well.
II. Main Parts of Speech
1. To educate Class on what Domestic Violence is:

* The real definition of domestic violence abuse, according to “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” is physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. It can vary in frequency and severity. It occurs on a continuous basis, ranging from one hit that may or may not impact the victim to chronic, severe battering. (LE,...
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