The Consequences Of Witnessing Domestic Violence And Its Effects On Children

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In 2011, twenty-two percent of children in the NatSCEV study had witnessed violence in their homes, schools, and communities in the past year (Richards, 2011). Domestic violence is a violent confrontation between family or household members. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community. Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families. When you hear about domestic violence, you most likely think of a man and woman; however, nobody fully understands the detrimental effects it has on the children who witness it first-hand. Every year an estimated 3.3 million to 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence in their home (Richards, 2011). Around 900,000 children have been found and classified as …show more content…
Children who witness domestic violence suffer from mental and psychological trauma. This can have long-lasting consequences on the child as they age. One of the most direct consequences from witnessing domestic violence is the attitude the child develops towards the use of violence and solving conflicts. Most children who witness domestic violence think it is okay to use violence to solve a problem or to get their way. They may justify their own use of violence as being right. Other children show signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Witnessing domestic violence can affect a child’s ability to learn. Some children might have a hard time focusing, paying attention, and doing well in school (Edleson, 1997). Children who have seen the abuse may be more prone to get in trouble, be more aggressive, and get in more fights. Children do not forget what they have witnessed, so this lingers with them as they grow up. Experts have found that children who witness abuse grow up to have higher anger levels and show more disobedience and hostility. The psychological trauma varies between children. Children living with domestic violence grow up to an unpredictable environment, filled with fear, anger, and anxiety. There are different behaviors that children exhibit when they witness domestic violence. The emotional responses include: fear, guilt, sleep disturbances, depression, …show more content…
Children suffer at the hands of their parents or family members. These children are called the silent victims because they are so young and fragile, no one thinks of them. You can witness violence at all ages. Some children who witness domestic violence seem to show resilience, but a lot of them suffer in one way or another. There needs to be more policies and programs that are aimed at helping children who witness domestic violence and those who are victims of child abuse. When you hear about domestic violence, you most likely think of a man and woman; however, nobody fully understands the detrimental effects it has on the children who witness it

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