“Abuse and neglect of children occurs in all types of families regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or religious group” (Lingern, 2008). There is no single cause of child abuse. Instead it is the result of many forces, within the family, working towards the destruction of the child’s psyche. The most important thing to remember is that it is never the child’s fault. Three prevalent risk factors for those who abuse children are: parents who were abused as a child, parents that abuse drugs and alcohol, and parents with mental illnesses.
Other reasons for children leaving their homes include family environment as a major theme, causing children to run away or be thrown away from their households (Mallett 4). Amongst the homeless youth, many children come from different types of unpleasant family environments. These children encounter neglect, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse by family members; while others encounter family conflict such as different beliefs between the child and guardian (5). Those who experience neglect, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse by family members, for example a child who frequently gets beaten by an alcoholic guardian, tend to runaway from their homes to escape their family situation. However, those who encounter family conflict, for example a
Domestic violence has been an ongoing issue among couples in society. This violence is not something that is new; it has been around for a long time. Domestic violence, can range from physical, mental, and emotional. When a couple is in an intimate relationship or married, one of the individuals in the relationship tries to dominate the other partner by trying to control them. This is commonly called domestic violence. A vast majority of domestic violence cases go unreported each year. This could be because the victim believes their spouse will harm them more if police are involved or the victim thinks they can fix and stop the violence themselves. The public is more aware that women are the victims. A male being abused does not often come
It is also said that behavior is unconsciously controlled by the manner we are developed throughout childhood, meaning that certain types of circumstances people grow up in, will or can produce abnormal personalities/behaviors (Juvenile Delinquency, 106-107). Studies have shown the relationship between poor parenting and delinquency influences violence, felonies, and substance abuse against children and teenagers, and leads the youth to diverse criminal activity, along with displaying antisocial personality disorders (Kingston & colleagues 2016). This demonstrates some of the reasons of why juvenile delinquency is performed, for instance, being raised in poverty-stricken neighborhoods where crime mostly takes place in, can be perceived by the youth as normal. However, being that children and teens witness negative activities as a natural phenomenon, they themselves may believe that it is okay to “repeat” what they observe, it is “a way of life” in that particular population/environment. Moreover, adolescents living in poverty are most likely to undergo a variety of traumatic experiences that could affect their mental well-being for long term, such as, physical,
Alcohol addiction is not a sudden outcome of domestic violence. Children are slowly and gradually detached from their families and begin to seek the love and support they need from strangers. Children who face domestic violence crave attention and may become “people pleasers”. They strive to fit in. Submissive behavior is witnessed in children who face domestic violence (Goodman and Rosenberg), thus, opening the door for abusive relationships and; possible drug addiction.
In popular media its common to see children being influenced by many things around them, including what kind of environment they are grown up in. Socioeconomic status can be a huge influence on a child’s upbringing, in either a positive or negative way. A high socioeconomic status produces a better child according to most people because they have factors that include; social connections, good employment, and a happy family. These are the types of factors that will definitely reduce a child from engaging in violent behaviour as he/she gets older. A low socioeconomic status affects the child in a negative way and the likelihood of committing a violent crime is increased, due to factors such as child abuse, anger, weak social ties. Why? It is these two variables that will be discussed in the report how one affects another so social researchers can explain why this occurs in communities.
Females are the most highly affected by domestic abuse according to studies done around the world. Typically aggressive behavior at home is frequently more than simply physical misuse. It involves sexual, enthusiastic, monetary and mental savagery. At first, recognizing the indications of an injurious relationship can be troublesome, particularly if the abuser utilizes inconspicuous strategies to pick up force and control. It is normal for survivors to perceive the start of the misuse as the first run through when the abusers hit them, yet truly the cycle of violence may have begun at an opportune time in the relationship. Culprits have a tendency to fascinate and be exceptionally persuading when applying power and control strategies. People
Domestic Violence is one of the most occurring situations found in the United States. This form of violence, also known as spousal abuse, happens within a relationship that is intimate or within a marriage. This particular issue seems to be found to affect women more often than men in varying ways such as injury or even death. Some of the injuries found in domestic violence cases are the head, neck, chest, face, breast, and abdomen, which are the most frequently injured. Many people believe that domestic violence is something that pertains to physical damage, but it has more of a psychological affect. The emotional aspect of domestic violence seems to be overlooked because one’s idea may vary
The formative experiences that define a child's home life will have a lasting impact on the individual as he or she enters the later stages of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The degree to which one's family life is loving, nurturing, supportive and attentive is a substantial determinant in emotional, social and intellectual development. Accordingly, a home which is abusive, violent, negative and neglectful is more than likely to have deleterious effects for the child both while and well after maintaining residence there. This turns us toward the focus of the present study, which is the impact levied by domestic violence on children.
Department of Health and Human Services confirmed over 754,000 cases of child maltreatment; nearly 18% were victims of physical maltreatment or child physical abuse (Tucker & Rodriguez, 2014). Stress is a major contributor to child physical cruelty possibility. Parent-child aggression can be characterized along with a selection, where physical discipline alternates at some point to become physically violent, contributing to the difficulty in unique physical discipline switches at some points to become physically abusive. Physical abuse often occurs within the environment of a parent administering physical discipline. The concept of child abuse potential includes beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors identified in abusive parents to estimate the likelihood that a parent will engage in physical discipline that becomes abusive. Family dysfunction alone has long been recognized as insufficient to lead to abuse. Abusive families are more likely to display an unstable and unpredictable family structure. Larger family size was associated with greater abuse
In addition to poverty, chaotic homes also correlated with behavior problems in children. Chaotic homes involve domestic violence, divorce, and substance abuse. Studies showed that three to four million children who are between the ages of three and seventeen are at risk of witnessing domestic violence each year (Domestic Violence Roundtable, 2008). Research has also shown that 80 to 90 percent of children who came from domestic violence families knew that there was violence taking place in the home (Pagelow, 1990). Children who witness and are exposed to domestic violence in their homes experience emotional, mental, and social harm that can affect development and behavior. Children who witness frequent domestic violence showed heightened levels
Individuals abused as a child are more likely to turn to substance abuse and violence. Their environment socialized them with violence being the answer to all questions or stressed them out enough to run away as an adolescent, nurtured by gangs where they solve problems with violence (69). Some even confide in strangers where they’d be exposed to drugs and later abuses to cope with stress and mental deficiencies. Frequently they are targeted by perpetrators because their vulnerability makes them easy to manipulate and exploit, allowing them to be victimized again (73).
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior or coercive control in any relationship that is used by one person to gain or maintain power and control over another. (Violence). Most of society’s think domestic violence is when one of the spouses is abusing the other spouse. Domestic violence can occur between anyone who has lived together at one point of time; couples who have never lived together, but have a child together and family member who has live together in the same household. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of their class, religion, ethnic background, education, age, gender, disability status, sexual orientation, gender presentation, or immigration status. The domestic violence can place in different categories, such as; emotional abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse. Researcher had discovered tactics that the abusers use to control their victims such as; dominance, humiliation, isolation, threats, intimidation, denial and shifting blame. (Helpguide.org).
Family situations in which both parents are under mass amounts of stress and must work tediously to make ends meet are often inclined to have victims of child abuse in the home. Often because of troubled times economically parents reach a breaking point and enforce their anger onto his or her child, beating them physically. In many cases, parents take “teaching their child a lesson” to very high extremes, using the act of discipline to mask an act of physical child abuse. While many parents abuse under stress and frustration, some are too young or immature to handle the responsibilities of a child; not containing the capacity or patience to care for a young one often ends in abuse. As seen there many cases in which guardians cannot handle the tasks of parenthood, leading to acts of abuse. Whereas, there are also many cases in which parents suffer from disorders, increasing the probability of child abuse in a home.