The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children Essay

842 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Domestic Violence uses to be something that was hidden. It was swept under the rug and never talked about. What happened in one 's home was their business and it stayed that way, until about the mid 90’s. Now there are many laws, programs and domestic violence advocates to help women get away from their abusive partners and potentially save their lives. Unfortunately, the majority of those women have children according to UNICEF in 2006; 133-275 million children worldwide are witnesses to this violent crime a year. In the United states alone 15.5 million children live in homes where domestic violence is prevalent (Murrell, Christoff, and Henning, 2007). We know that domestic violence has a huge impact on a women 's life but little is talked about when it comes to the effects it has on the children that have seen it. What is the impact on children growing up in a home with domestic violence? In this paper, I plan to give some insight as to what effect domestic violence has on “the invisible victims” the children who witness the horrible act of violence. Domestic violence according to the U.S. department of justice is the leading cause of injuries to women age 15-44 and are account for 1/3 of the total women murders in the United States (Murrell, Christoff, and Henning, 2007). Half of the women who are victims have children under the age of 12, who witness this horrific crime. Here is an explanation of what it is to be a domestic violence witness. To be a…

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