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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Signs Of Domestic Violence And Abusive Relationship

Domestic or family violence can happen to anyone. This problem is very often denied or excused, especially in the cases when the abuse is of psychological nature.

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Domestic or family violence occurs when one person is taking control over the other and dominates him or her. Domestic violence includes:

  • physical violence
  • verbal threats of physical violence
  • emotional/psychological abuse

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Four Children Die Every Day as a Result of Child Abuse

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According to Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than four (4) children die every day as a result of child abuse. Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.

Child abuse is regarded as failure to act on the part of the parent or caretaker that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation. Child abuse can occur not only in child’s home but also at schools, kindergartens or other organizations the child interacts with.

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