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Lauren Amanda June 25, Lauren Amanda If a person experiences trauma; specifically that of domestic violence, either directly or vicariously indirectly from a young age, they do not properly pass though the appropriate developmental stages.
This will hinder their emotional growth—causing them to remain stuck in one particular stage. This alone, will affect how the family members relate to one another from that point on and will put the child at a disadvantage because they will be unable to form healthy relationships with those outside the family system as well.
Depending on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the violence, these effects may be life-altering, devastating, and last for many years to come. A child who experiences this type of trauma at a young age, will not have an appropriately developed brain.
This idea suggests that there will be significant differences between the brain of child who has grown up or is currently growing up in a loving, supportive, and caring environment, and the brain of a child who is witnessing domestic violence within their family system, causing them to experience constant fear and inconsistency; hence the inability to grow and thrive.
It is well documented that the cycle of violence is a constant, causing patterns of violence to develop within the family over a period of generations. Becoming more knowledgeable of the effects that this trauma has on children and families developmentally as well as socio-emotionally allows us to provide a higher quality of care to our clients and their families.
One of those main ideas is the cycle of violence and what makes a victim consistently return to their abuser; the classic question. It has been relayed to me many times by various professional sources that it takes a woman 5 or 7 times of attempting to leave her abuser, before she will actually not return.
I also wanted to look at the short-term as well as the long-term effects of domestic violence on the various family members, emotionally as well as behaviorally. Domestic violence DV cuts across all age groups, social classes and travels beyond the extent of physical abuse.
It includes emotional abuse including threats, isolation, extreme jealousy and humiliation, and sexual abuse as well. Whenever an individual is placed in a situation involving physical danger or when she is controlled by the threat or use of physical force, this is considered domestic abuse.
Many of these women are either reluctant or unable to get help for themselves and their children. Some may be held captive, while others may be lacking transportation or the financial means to acquire help. Further research has also shown me that the abused spouse may experience chronic psychosomatic pain or pain due to diffuse trauma without visible evidence.
These conditions can be recognized by various symptoms including sleep and appetite disturbances, fatigue, decreased concentration, chronic headaches…etc.
Suicide rates are also known to be higher in battered women than other women. Stressful or violent relationships between adult partners can also lead to an increased sense of negativity in the parent-child dyad and exacerbate the negative effects of exposure; particularly for women with anxiety symptoms or diagnosis of PTSD.
Research even suggests that when a child does not directly witness DV, they may still be negatively affected. Research indicates that witnessing DV can involve a broad range of incidents including: Most research conducted on the impacts of childhood exposure to domestic violence focus on the range of psychological and behavioral impacts including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, increased aggression levels, anti-social behaviors, lower social competence, temperament issues, low self-esteem, dysregulated mood, loneliness and increased likelihood of substance abuse.
Richards, These children are also at higher risk for school difficulties such as peer conflict or impaired cognitive functioning. Teenage pregnancy, truancy, suicide attempts, and delinquency are also listed as impacts.But just as extended family can strengthen protective factors leading to resilience in children exposed to family violence, so the tolerance of violence by the surrounding community (including the media) plays a role in how negatively children are affected by violence in the home.
Tidewater Assembly on Family Life, Norfolk, Virginia). On another occasion, Dr. Cline said that the mental diet is as important as the nutritional diet.
"The amount of violence a child sees at 7 predicts how violent he will be at 17, 27 and Studies show that million children between the ages of are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.
U.S. government statistics say that 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners. Domestic Violence in Families: Theory, Effects, and Intervention.
Lauren Amanda between adult partners can also lead to an increased sense of negativity in the parent-child dyad and exacerbate the negative effects of exposure; particularly for women with anxiety symptoms or diagnosis of PTSD.
Journal of Family Violence, (26), The short-term physical effects of violence can include minor injuries or serious conditions.
They can include bruises, cuts, broken bones, or injuries to organs and other parts inside of your body. Some physical injuries are difficult or impossible to see without scans, x-rays, or other tests done.
The long term effects of domestic violence have not begun to be fully documented. Battered women suffer physical and mental problems as a result of domestic violence.
Battering is the single major cause of injury to women, more significant that auto accidents, rapes, or muggings.