Describe Family Violence

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• Describe a type of family violence. Identify factors that increase the risk for this type of violence. Although there are several forms of family violence such as physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse among any and all members of a family, one particular area of household violence still is very prevalent among families in America. Child abuse is still very widespread today with an estimated 879000 children that were subjected to neglect, medical neglect, and physical, emotional or sexual abuse in 2000 (Landenburger & Campbell, 2012, p.839). Out of the types of abuse listed above the two most commonly reported were physical and sexual abuse totaling approximately 29% of all reported cases (Landenburger & Campbell, 2012, p.839). …show more content…
The financial and economic strains on a family can increase stress, which may lead parents to lash out at children. According to Landenburg and Campbell (2013), parents with a history of abuse have increased tendencies towards depression and multiple stress factors, which places them at a higher risk of harming their children (p.840). Parents who are abused as children face many challenges including how they overcome the past abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012) identified a risk factor for family violence as “seeing or being a victim of violence as a child”(p.1) which has shown to have higher rates of abuse within their family dynamics. Another implication of child abuse is that many times school violence offenders are a result of poor family functioning and a history of ill-treatment (Center for Disease control and Prevention, 2013, p.2). Many times children who are abused at home can bring violence into school settings. The last risk factor is substance abuse. Many times a parent who is under the influence of substance will have an increased danger of committing abusive acts towards their children (Landenburger & Campbell, 2012, p.839). Substance abuse is a real issue in society and the best way to prevent substance abuse it …show more content…
Primary preventions are done through strengthening the individual and family through providing education on parenting skills and completing risk assessments (Landenburger & Campbell, 2012, p.848). Assessing for potential abuse risks and teaching parents healthy coping and stress management skills are essential tools for reducing violence. Secondary prevention focuses on educating potential abusers and teaching them ways to prevent abuse through proper coping, recreational fun, providing support and using healthy ways to channel aggression (Landenburger & Campbell, 2012, p.848). Every family needs to find something they can enjoy together to provide a time to decompress from everyday life stressors and create meaningful bonds among family members. Tertiary prevention is similar to case management. If a family has signs of abuse, patients or families are referred to appropriate community resources as well as act as an advocate for the victims of violence (Landenburger & Campbell, 2012, p.848). It is important to let families know that they are accepted and respected regardless of their past. However, it is important to let all members are aware that violence will not be

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