Friday, July 21, 2017

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who live with domestic violence face increased risk. The exposure to traumatic events, risk of being directly injured, and the experience of seeing someone you love injured, can be painful for children.  An advocate can help you talk to your child about what they have experienced, and help you to help your child feel empowered.  It is also important to include children in safety planning.  If you are concerned about your child's well being, or emotional health, an advocate can work with you to assure your child is supported.  Some children experience serious problems from repeated exposure to violence.  If you observe the following in your child, talk to an advocate:

Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Problems. Higher levels of aggression, anger, hostility, disobedience, fear, anxiety, withdrawal, depression, low self-esteem, and poor peer, sibling, and social relationships.

Cognitive and Attitudinal Problems. Lower cognitive functioning, poor school performance, lack of conflict resolution skills, limited problem-solving skills, pro-violence attitudes, and belief in rigid gender stereotypes and male privilege..

Long-Term Problems. Higher levels of adult depression, trauma symptoms, and increased tolerance for and use of violence in adult relationships.

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