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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Out of Darkness, Into Light: Sexual abuse

Unfortunately, sexual violence happens to many people, but they feel shameful to speak about it. It’s time to speak about it and not to be a victim of sexual abuse anymore.

Sexual abuse is any sort of non-consensual sexual contact that can happen to men or women of any age.

Sexual Abuse actions can include the following:images

  • Refusal to use contraception;
  • Deliberate causing unwanted physical pain during sex;
  • Deliberate passing on sexual diseases or infections;
  • Use of objects, toys, or other items without consent and to cause pain or humiliation

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The Great Role of State Child Protection When Minors Are Abused And Neglected

Everybody would agree that nothing is more important than protecting our kids. State Child Protection involves situations when parents are investigated by the state for neglecting or abusing their children.

The State Child Protection procedure:

  1. A report of suspected abuse or neglect is made to the appropriate state agency. child
  2. An investigation process of the report’s validity takes place. It is done through: interviews,  observations and reviewing documents concerning the child. 
  3. If at the end of the investigation the child is determined to be at risk, the child may be temporary taken out of their homes to ensure their safety.
  4. Usually the child is kept with their parents unless there is an definite safety concern.  
  5. Social services can provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members if it is necessary.  
  6. If the situation is serious, the Court will determine what should be done. If the accusations of abuse and neglect are true, the court may issue a Child Protection Order to keep the child safe.

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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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