Effects Of Children Witnessing Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is damaging to an entire family. After all, as kids grow they learn the basics of how to live life from their parents. This includes things like talking and walking, but it also includes behaviors. When there is domestic violence in a home, the impact on the kids, including their mental health and their personal relationships within and outside of the family, can be lifelong.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and want to learn about options to protect yourself and your children, connect with a Bucks County family attorney. A better life is possible and an experienced lawyer can help you exit a marriage and secure a healthy future.
Domestic Violence is Violence
When violence against you is committed by an individual within your domestic circle, it is referred to as domestic violence. This includes abuse by spouses, ex-partners, family members, friends, and more. When a close relationship between the victim and the offender exists, it is likely it is a form of domestic violence. The most common form of domestic violence is often between current or former romantic partners.
It could include any or all of the following forms:
- Physical violence, including hitting, kicking, and pushing.
- Psychological violence, such as intimidation, isolation, or making unreasonable demands.
- Sexual violence, when sexual acts are forced.
- Emotional violence, the victim is continually criticized, insulted, or called names.
And the parties involved are not the only victims, millions of children see abuse in their homes.
When Kids Witness Violence in the Home
There are many negative effects to kids witnessing domestic violence. Even when the children themselves are not physically harmed, they can experience emotional trauma as a result of the abuse. Depression, anxiety, and fear are all possible. This can impact a child’s emotional and social growth.
When children witness forms of violence within the home, they are often fearful about who will learn about the abuse. There are also times when they blame themselves. Then, they may isolate and experience mental health issues. It is also possible they will learn coping mechanisms that are not healthy.
Relationships can suffer as the child grows as well. The relationship between a child’s parents is an example of what a partnership or romantic relationship is, if a child is not able to process and heal, they may be victims of domestic abuse themselves. Children who grow up with violence are more likely to be abusers or victims of domestic violence.
Children deserve a loving, nurturing home. If you are in a relationship that is abusive, it is important to take steps toward a better future. Through the divorce process, a Bucks County family attorney can help you secure the security you need to create the environment your children need to thrive.
Are you ready to make a change for the better? The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand can help. Our dedicated legal team understands the finer points of family law. There are opportunities to create the life you want. Schedule your consultation today, call 215-968-6602.