Domestic violence affects men, women and children of all races and all ages.
Once the victim is away from the situation, they find themselves vulnerable and angry. While it’s difficult for everyone involved, children tend to not completely grasp what is going on.
Each year, an estimated minimum of 3.3 million children witness domestic violence.
There are several general reactions that children from violent homes are likely to show.
A child who says, "I don't know how I feel about it," may not be hedging but rather is confused about feelings.
Children removed from one parent as a result of violent acts may have strong fears that the other parent could also leave them or die.
Visit a local women’s shelter to find out if they have therapists on site or if they can refer you to someone who specifically deals with abuse victims.
Once you’ve found a therapist, set goals and continue to go even after those goals have been reached. This will give you insight into your feelings and how you are progressing. When an individual is verbally or physically abused, it takes a dramatic toll on his or her self esteem. Often times if a woman is abused she will try to ‘be better’ the next time with the hope that the abuse won’t happen again.
The best way to handle this situation is to get your child in therapy.
No matter what term is used or how the relationship is defined, it is never okay to engage in sexual activity without someone’s consent.
Sexual assault in a relationship rarely exists in a vacuum.
In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are at high risk of suffering physical abuse themselves.
Regardless of whether children are physically abused or not, the emotional effects of witnessing domestic violence are very similar to the psychological trauma associated with being a victim of child abuse.