What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is when one partner in an intimate relationship abuses the other.
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