Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year. 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners. Violence against women and their children creates serious, lifelong and often profound problems that impact on the health and wellbeing of everyone in the community.
Children witnessing domestic violence can mean:
- SEEING actual incidents of physical/and or sexual abuse
- HEARING parents verbally or physically fighting from another room.
- SEEING the aftermath of physical abuse such as tears, blood, bruises.
Children are quick to notice the tension in their home and any exposure to domestic violence significantly affects their lives. Their emotional responses may include fear, guilt, shame, sadness, depression, anger, lack of sleep or sleep disturbances.
Children who witness domestic violence have certain behavioral responses of like acting out (displaying increased aggression with peers or mother), withdrawal, anxiousness to please and may experience developmental delays or speech. They may show signs of anxiety and have a short attention span which may result in poor school performance and attendance.
Children exposed to family violence, abuse or neglect are most likely to perpetrate domestic abuse themselves once they grow up to adults. They may also use violence to express themselves which can become self-injuring.
If such kind of children do not get adequate and effective supports or treatment to in order to help correct their course in life, there will be those who grow up to be brutal dictators or become parts of, or leaders of terrorist organizations.
Protect your loved ones and stay safe! Call 1190/21094 to report Gender Based Violence cases