Jan 25, 2013 Letters Comments Off on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Exposure to violence is a traumatic and frightening experience for children. It affects their growth and development with lifelong consequences.
For many children, there is also physical abuse which goes hand in hand with the domestic violence that their mothers experience. Not only are some children harmed by being beaten, but witnessing domestic violence can be harmful as well.
In some societies, child abuse is five times more likely to occur in families where there is domestic violence.
Women who are victims of domestic violence may also be unable to provide proper nurturing and physical care for the children, resulting in them being neglected. Unfortunately, the impact on children unless it is visible, goes largely ignored.
There is scientific evidence to show that children’s brains are affected from a very early age when they are exposed to domestic violence.
Some of the other effects of exposure to domestic violence are- 1) difficulties in education, in that they have trouble with concentration and learning. 2) Difficulties socializing with others. 3) Sadness and depression. 4) State of anxiety and other psychological problems.
During teenage years, children are at a greater risk for drug abuse, early pregnancy, and criminal activities. As they grow, children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to be abusers themselves, or victims. There tends to be more aggressive behaviour like bullying by some.
Because every child is different and experience the violence in different ways, the consequences manifest in varying ways.
In fact, some children are more resilient than some and do not show negative consequences. It would be naïve to think that any only child being exposed to violence against a parent would not have some reaction which would be temporary and long lasting.
The bottom line is that domestic violence is harmful to any parent and their child. Efforts to eradicate this serious problem need to continue.
No adult or child should experience any form of violence.
P.S. Although I refer to the mother as the victim and the father as the perpetrator, I am sure that in the minority of cases, the father is the victim.
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