Escape from Terror: the Teresa Stamper Story: Teresa Stamper
University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
Class: Domestic Violence BEHS453 Section 7981 Semester 1402
Dr. Joanna Oestmann, LMHC, LPC, LPCS
Escape from Terror: the Teresa Stamper Story
Thesis statement: The film, Escape from Terror: the Teresa Stamper Story, is one of the movies that capture different forms of domestic violence in marital relationships.
Domestic violence, according to the American Medical Association (1992), “is characterized as a pattern of coercive behaviors that may include repeated battering and injury, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive social isolation, and intimidation” (p.5). Physical abuse consists of pushing, kicking, choking, assaulting with a weapon, restraining the victim or refusing to assist the victim when he/she is sick or injured (AMA, 1992). Psychological or emotional abuse takes the form of threats, intimidations, deprivations, and false accusations that may “precede or accompany physical violence as a means of controlling through fear and degradation” (AMA, 1992, p.7). The present paper summarizes the plot of the film under review. Second, it discusses the impact of domestic violence on the selected character (Teresa Walden), including the symptoms that she displays. Third, the paper explains domestic violence using systems’ theories, as well as, interventions that saved Teresa from further abuse. Fourth, the paper explores potential intervention/treatment measures for Teresa, including an escape plan/strategy, a comprehensive treatment plan, and real, helpful resources.
Teresa Walden lives with her mother, Wanda, in Oklahoma. Teresa applies for a secretarial position at Stamper Oil Company, which is headed by Paul Stamper. Some time after obtaining the job, Teresa and Paul begin dating and wed in Las Vegas. After their wedding, Paul hires another lady to take...