Children Witness Family Abuse!

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is when one partner in an intimate relationship abuses the other.nbjkbgh

The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or a combination of all three. Violence usually is expressed through different aggressive acts, like beatings and forced sexual activity; severe acts like throwing, shoving and slapping; humiliating and putting down the victim.

Women are most commonly the victims of the domestic violence of their male partners. Moreover, the children of these women often witness the domestic violence. Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Witnessing can mean SEEING actual incidents of physical and/or sexual abuse. It can mean HEARING threats or fighting noises from another room. Children may also OBSERVE the aftermath of physical abuse such as blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing and broken items. Finally, children may be AWARE of the tension in the home such as their mother’s fearfulness when the abuser’s car pulls into the driveway.

Consequences of Children Witnessing Domestic Violence

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Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. Find Out How to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

All of us know how important is for a child to grow up in a good environment. Parents should prevent child abuse because it can affect children for their whole life.

Child Sexual Abuse involves “any sexual act with a child performed by an adult or an older child“, such as:

  • Sexual touching of any part of the body;child abuse boy 9 05 09  3
  • Penetrative sex;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity;
  •  Intentionally engaging in sexual activity in front of a child;
  • Showing children pornography, or using them to create it;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in prostitution.

Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse:

  1. A noticeable fear of a person or certain places
  2. Unusual response from the child when asked if he or she was touched
  3. Unreasonable fear of a physical exam
  4. Drawings that show sexual acts
  5. Sudden awareness of genitals and sexual acts and words
  6. Attempts to get other children to perform sexual acts.

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Restrainig Order – Keep your Abuser Away from You

Restraining order or also called order of protection is a form of a legal injunction that requires a party to do, or to refrain from doing, certain acts.

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A restraining order:

  • prohibits the abuser from contacting, attacking, striking, telephoning or disturbing the peace of the victim
  • forces the abuser to move from a residence shared with the victim
  • orders the abuser to stay at least 100 yards away from the victim, his or her place of residence and place of employment
  • orders the abuser to attend counselings
  • prohibits the abuser from purchasing a firearm
  • may also provide the safety of the children and others living in the home

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