Children and Violence
Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
A child who witnesses the domestic violence against his or her parents or between them is a victim of domestic violence as well. Five million children who witnesses domestic violence in their home every day. A child witnesses to his or her parent being emotionally abused, physically abused, economically or sexually abused which can affect her mental state to a great extent.
Parent might try hard to control or shield their child from the abuse environment he or she receives from the partner, and children usually have the knowledge as to what is occurring. Even a young infant or child can tune into the tension and emotional feelings of his or her parent.
Most children normally experience problems if they live in a domestic violent environment home and witness a parent being abused or abusing each other. Children who witness abuse are more inclined to have behavior and emotional problems. Some children can develop psychological or mental disorders. The disorders include bed-wetting, school problems, night terrors, stuttering, excessive fear and crying. Children may experience depression, suicidal behaviors and phobias if they are kept in a violent household and can distract their attention from studies.
Elderly children may blame themselves for the domestic violence that their parents have everyday. Children may come forward into the abuse to divert the attention of their parent. There is a great risk that children who witness abuse may grow up as a normal person but might think that the violence is the only means to solve the emotional and relationship problem. Boys who grow up in domestic violence are more likely to batter their future partner when compare to other boys who normally grow up in a normal nonviolent home. Children who witness the violent of their parent are more likely to be alcoholic and use drugs for personal satisfaction and get rid off their parents’ domestic violence.
Children who stay in a domestic violent home might suffer some form of neglect, be it physical or emotional. It isn’t always just the mother who is abused, but the children may be abused as well as a result of parent domestic violence. Children might become more careless in terms of study other future goals that they have. Many adults who were abused when they were children report that witnessing the abuse to their mother was hard for them to deal with then the abuse they personally received.