How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children

domesticDomestic violence occurs almost all over the world. People indulging in such violence don’t seem to realize its vicious effects, particularly on the minds of growing children who get exposed to the danger of inheriting this trait from their parents. Here is a glimpse on the affects of domestic violence on children.

 


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP
) estimates that in the US alone, every year 3.2 million children witness  domestic violence.

 

Violence against women has taken enormous proportion and crossed the thresholds of households to become an overwhelming social issue. Though it primarily involves adults, young children, with minds in the process of developing and learning are unable to understand the reasons that cause so much of anger and noise along with verbal and physical hostility. It is difficult to visualize the dilemma of a child who continues to bear all the on goings, unable to understand its reasons and getting deprived of parental affection, care and physical plus emotional security. For more information please visit http://www.pciglobal.org/violence-against-women/

 

Childhood is thought to be full of mother’s love and father’s firm and caring hands. Child’s mind and body gets nourished in the warmth of the household and its affectionate environment created by laughter, joy and good humor. But  a child on being brought up in environments, full of physical plus verbal fights, anger and screams, naturally loses laughter ,which is replaced by unwarranted tears.

 

Harmful Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

The position of a child is comparable to a nascent sapling that requires encouraging soil for its fast and healthy growth to bear fruits. When the home of a growing child is unable to provide an environment conducive for its growth, the child’s growth slows down not only psychologically and physically but also socially and emotionally. Domestic violence affects not only the participating adults but also the children and teenagers in the family. In fact, children are most vulnerable to its adverse effects, which may remain overlooked for a long time till they get disclosed suddenly to the surprise of parents and other adults in the family.

 

Children may fail to understand what is going on around them. Yet, they are able to perceive the violence, take notice of the screaming, feel anxiety and watch the horrible scenes plus material damage . 

 

Emotional Effects

Children react to their environment in different ways, with reactions varying as per child’s gender and age. The world of a small child is limited to just his/her parents. As a child’s father hits the mother, the child hears that cursing, yelling and screaming for a long time. Out of insecurity or fear, the child runs to its mother, who holds it tightly in her arms and the child begins to feel secured and simultaneously enables the mother to give vent to her feelings. And if this happens over and over again, the child and mother are going to end up with permanenet scars.