Essay on Children Who Witness Violence And Its Effects On Children

1583 Words Oct 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Witnessing a violent act can affect people in a variety of ways, it can create feelings of helplessness, anxiety and can even cause post-traumatic stress disorders. An adult may overcome the emotions and visual experiences that can accompany witnessing violence. Such things as therapy, medication and also learning coping strategies can assist in the healing process. However, what about children who witness violence? Children who see and hear violence on a daily basis in the home are at a disadvantage due to their inability to seek and receive help on their own. Domestic violence, even if the violent acts are not carried out on the children themselves, can create a host of behavior problems. Children who witness violence done to their loved ones tend to suffer many psychological complications and can lead a child down a path of deviant behaviors such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, conduct problems in school and can even cause extreme behavioral outcomes such as suicide. According to the Childhood Domestic Violence Association, about 5 million children were recorded as witnessing domestic violence each year in the United States, and in 2014 it was tabulated that about “40 million adult Americans grew up living with domestic violence” (Childhood Domestic Violence Association 2014). With the number of children witnessing domestic violence in the United States, it is of great importance that the effects on an adolescent who experiences violence in the home is researched.…

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