The question that I always ask myself is, ‘do parents know that domestic violence affect their children in many different ways?’
‘Family violence’ famously known as domestic violence takes several forms and it maybe physical, psychological or sexual. Sadly still, older members of a family are usually the ones who inflict violence either on each other or upon younger family members. It is heartrending that in some households a day cannot pass without parents or relatives getting themselves into a violent scenario.Whether domestic violence is instigated upon the older family members or upon the younger ones the result is roughly the same to the children. The impact that family violence has on children is too great to care whether it is the child, the mother or aunt who is under such fire. Seeing different scenes of violence between their parents or the people they love and trust can affect young children as much as the one being victimized.
Thus, I feel that children are always at the receiving end of such violence and the price of it is too bad and cannot be easily estimated. Children who witness regular acts of violence in their homes have greater emotional and behavioral problems than other children from peaceful households. Such children are profoundly frightened and disturbed.
In most cases, children who are growing up in an abusive household learn to solve problems with violence. Their young minds are trained by either their violent parents or relatives that peace is a waste of time- a very sad notion to be in the mind of an otherwise innocent soul.
The seeds of violence are planted in early stages of children’s lives. As they grow up, the violent nature that is instilled by the conduct of older violent family members also grows and sometimes it even exceeds the levels of whom they copied from. They cause problems in their adult relationships and marriages.
Children learn at a tender age and think that it is acceptable and normal to behave in a brutal and degrading way to other people, as they have witnessed violent episodes each and every day of their lives.Children who are psychologically affected by exposure to violence could still be treated and all they need is appropriate support and counseling. There are professional, reliable organizations and institutions that help partners to confront and change their destructive behaviors. YONECO is one of the leading organizations that provide counseling and guidance to the affected and survivors of domestic violence.
Do you know that you can protect children who are affected by family violence by reporting to the rightful authorities? You are part of the solution, please report domestic violence!