ORIGINAL ARTICLEViolence education in nursing: critical reflection on victims' storiesAmar, Angela Frederick PhD, RNAuthor Information Assistant Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Boston, Massachusetts Correspondence: Angela Frederick Amar, Connell School of Nursing, Cushing 425 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Boston, MA 02467. Tel: 617-552-0180; E-mail: email@example.com Journal of Forensic Nursing: March 2008 - Volume 4 - Issue 1 - p 12-18 Buy Abstract Violence against women is a major public health concern. This paper describes an educational strategy to increase nursing students' understanding of the experience of violence and to foster recognition and intervention with victims of violence. Students in an elective course were asked to critically reflect on the personal stories of victims/survivors of violence. The assignment provided four learning opportunities that include examination of societal myths on sexual victimization, understanding the lived experience of the victim, exploration of personal beliefs and values, and the relationship of the individual's experience to theoretical content of the course. Students gave permission for the use of quotes from papers to illustrate the learning opportunities. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.