Domestic Abuse in the Home can effect Children
|He Has His Mothers Eyes|
I had a call today from the grandmother of a child who is living with domestic abuse. She wanted to know how her grandchild was being effected by the behavior of his parents.
I explained that there can be more than one victim of relationship violence in the home. 70% of the time when a man is abusing his wife he is also abusing his children!
All children are effected by the violence in their homes. Regardless of whether or not your children have been physically abused, watching their mother being battered is a frightening experience. Children from violent homes can exhibit a variety of behaviors. Some may "act out" and may be viewed as delinquent. Others work very hard to excel at every endeavor in an attempt to keep the family peace. Living with violence creates intense stress for a child. Below is a list of some behaviors that are frequently associated with children from violent homes.
Children often imitate behaviors they witness. Generational transfer of violent behavior and emotional dependency on others is common, thus, children learn that violence is an acceptable behavior and an integral part of intimate relationships. Children may become abusive adults or accept domination and control as a normal part of intimate relations. Children raised in an abusive environment may be abused as adults.
We at the Ina Mae Greene Foundation-For My Sisters, are not only working to raise awareness about the crime of relationship violence in our country, we are also working hard to educate the community about the negative effects domestic violence has not only the victims, but the family of the victim as well. At IMGF we direct victims of abuse to resources and help services so that she can move away from the violence, heal and go on with life, safely, protecting herself and her children from further abuse.
If you know someone who is living with abuse, please help by letting her know there is a way out.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, or visit our website, http//:www.inamaegreene.org, for more infomation on how to help someone you love who is being abused!
....."because the road to safety should not be a dead-end"!