Domestic Abuse affects Children Too

Post by: Jessica Cooper 14/05/2019 0 comments 149 views

Sunday 12 May 2019 was National children’s day UK.

National Children’s day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect children to ensure they can grow happy and healthy. It is a day of celebration. The day is celebrated all over the World in November however the UK choose to celebrate the day at the beginning of Summer.

  • One in seven children and young people will have lived with Domestic Abuse in their childhood
  • Children have also been killed by preparators of domestic abuse in circumstances relating to child contact

Many children exposed to violence in the home are also victims of physical abuse. Children who witness Domestic Violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk of long term physical and mental problems. If you are a parent it can be difficult to know how to protect your child.

If children are a witness to Domestic Abuse they are more than likely to grow up suffering also to include, health problems, emotional harm and have abusive relationships themselves. Children can experience short term and long term behavioural and emotional effects as a result of witnessing domestic abuse. Each child will react differently and will require different support. The children will react differently according to their age, race sex and stage of development.

How Violence affects children:

  1. Anxious or depressed
  2. Difficulty sleeping
  3. Nightmares
  4. Bed wetting
  5. Tantrums
  6. Aggressive

The impact can last into adulthood.

If you do believe you are a victim of Domestic Abuse and require our services please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Children Law Department who can assist.

 

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