The Effects Of Witnessing Domestic Violence On A Child Of This Age
The child is 10 years old and her name is Lucia.
2. Identify and describe the effects of witnessing domestic violence on a child of this age.
It has tremendous psychological, emotional, and even physical effects. The diary that I just read about Lucia and her mother and abusive father, and siblings was heartbreaking. She not only experienced physical abuse at the hands of her father when she tried to intervene as he was hitting her mother but she will probably will have psychological effects as well. There was so much emotional abuse that she endured just by simply seeing her mother getting beat. She initially felt like she had to keep this a secret and even had mixed emotions toward her father (worrying about his well-being and what was going to happen to him). This can be very confusing for children her age and they should not have to endure this. Fortunately for her, they were able to leave their father and go to a shelter where she got some help in the form of counseling. For other children her age who don’t get help or who may not have older siblings that can protect them and be there for them, then effects can be ever more devastating. They call fall into depression and may have anxiety as they get older. They may be grow up fearful, secretive and insecure. Specifically because most of them try to hide that they come for these abusive homes and may be embarrassed. Not to mention, witnessing this type of abuse may also teach…