Family Violence: The Consequences Of Domestic Violence

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A child is a gift from God, one that should be cherished and nurtured and their family a safe-haven for them with values and morals. Their family should have a strong sense of love. Domestic violence destroys that for a child. What is domestic violence? The United States Department of Justice labels it as violence between partners in an intimate relationship use to gain or maintain control and power (The United States Department of Justice). When a child has experienced violence some of the time, they may become violent. Children are severely harmed by the consequences of family violence. This trauma could lead an adolescent seeking other influence that could be negative, to learn negative behavioral and social development, severe illnesses, …show more content…
There are different forms of domestic violence. Mental, physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect. For some kids, they only witnessed the abuse. For others, the abuse happened towards them. When the violence happens to the child then, it 's called child abuse Some statistics of in-home violence, according to Child Help 28.3% of adult’s report physically abused. 20.7 adults report sexually abused. And 10.6% adults report emotionally abused (Childhelp.org). As the child grows into adulthood, he or she may have learned that violence is an acceptable way to live. Children are most affected by what goes on in the home being that the home is a starting place for the remainder of their life they may feel confused when other children have not experienced domestic violence. To emphasize domestic violence does not happen one time it occurs multiple times. Adolescents and younger children observe the behavior some internalize it, others show it. When a child witnesses a parent being abusive or abused a million thing go on inside their mind they might say stop it they might just hide but from this young age, they 're being taught that adults only hurt each other rather than love each other. Whether the parents know it is not, they are starting a trend for them and are being abusive towards their child even if they do not physically harm them. If a parent is putting a child in a dangerous environment, that is called child …show more content…
A child may apologize for the abuse or ask is the abuse their fault. Some kids want to speak out against what is going on but for fear of more violence they do not and when asked they will say everything is fine. According to TNCTSN, the trauma of living in a home with domestic violence could have a lasting effect through adulthood, such as sleep disruption, withdrawal also called self-isolation, and emotional numbing (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network). Mental health issues like suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression are also some effects of domestic violence. In childhood and adulthood, some may have difficulty expressing their emotions causing feelings of being misunderstood by others or being judged. Children may start to show signs of physical illness such as headaches, weight loss or weight gain. Domestic violence may also cause some children to go against the abused parent. In adulthood, it may be hard to say why they react the way they do. They trauma relives for many on a daily basis to get rid of these thoughts, suicide may look like the only way to get rest. Some children assume that they are too young to ask for

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