Essay Family Violence And Its Effects On Children

1335 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Even though the phrase “family violence” usually refers to violence between adult partners, every year there are approximately 3.3 to 10 million teenagers exposed to family violence in the confines of their own home (Moylan et al. para. 2). Family violence impacts teenagers in negative ways by making their future harder to deal with, changing their perception towards individuals, affecting their emotional stability and lowering their self-esteem.

Family violence negatively impacts teenagers by making it hard for them to deal with their future. It is harder for teenagers to focus on school because of the stress of living with abuse (Havelin 15). They tend to be disruptive in class and not pay attention (Havelin 17), may get into fights with their friends (Stark 51), become “sexually promiscuous” and even start using drugs (Wallace para.11). In the future, the trends that they developed as teenagers could affect their effectiveness in their future jobs and their relationships with other employees. Along with this, teenagers who grow up with abuse often repeat the cycle, doing the same things as their parents. This means that they would have to find healthy ways to control their actions in order to not make the same mistakes (Havelin 16). Kate Havelin says that “[teenagers] whose parents yell and hit often do the same” when they are angry as adults (16). According to Havelin, boys become aggressive and have problems controlling their temper if they grew up with abuse. All…

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