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Ask Michelle – FAMILY VIOLENCE – HOW IT AFFECTS THE CHILDREN

FAMILY VIOLENCEFAMILY VIOLENCE – HOW IT AFFECTS THE CHILDREN
• Children exposed to family violence suffer at home, at school and in their
relationships
• They may also become depressed and develop low self-esteem.
Another problem can include difficulty making friends
• Fear, anxiety, and loss of hope in the future
• Social isolation, violence and delinquency
• Stress-related health problems
• They may get hurt during violence episodes
• Have their needs forgotten
• Young children may withdraw or wet the bed
• School-age children may be distrustful, defiant and fearful
• Adolescents may become aggressive, run away, or abuse alcohol or drugs
• Girls are more likely to suffer sexual abuse when the mother is abused
• Problems can last into adulthood
• Depression and low self-esteem may become lifelong problems. Children may grow up to commit abuse – or be the victims of it
•Have alcohol and other drug problems
•Commit crimes
WHAT IS FAMILY VIOLENCE?
It can include
• Physical abuse
• Control of money
• Emotional abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Verbal abuse
• No part of society is exempt
• Family violence affects people of every social and economic status, ethnicity
and national origin
• Most reported incidents involve abuse of women by men
FAMILIES CAN FIND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
It’s never too early to reach out –
Expecting and new parents may need extra help
• Health-care professionals and child welfare workers can offer prenatal care and advice for parents
• Nurses and child services professionals can offer home visits
Community programs that can help families may include
• Parenting classes
• Programs that help parents make friends and meet neighbors
• Child care and early childhood education
• School-based programs
• Emergency child care
• Self-help groups
PARENTS CAN HELP CHILDREN COPE EMOTIONALLY
It’s important for children to know that –
• Violence is never their fault
• Violence by one parent against another is never OK
• Their job is to stay safe, not to stop the violence or try to protect the parent
• They don’t have to keep their feelings inside. The should share their fear, anger or any other feelings
• It’s OK to love both parents
CHILDREN NEED LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM PARENTS. COUNSELING CAN HELP CHILDREN EXPOSED TO FAMILY VIOLENCE
South Shore Counseling & Mediation Center is a full service mental health agency, offering CBT counseling, EFT modalities – (tapping), therapeutic counseling, a variety of behavioral and psycho-educational programs and divorce mediation. To speak with one of our therapists please call 631-286-8282, e-mail us at SSCounseling1@optonline.net or visit our website, Southshorecounselingcenter.net.

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