Essay on Children: Innocent Victims of Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is comprised of willful intimidation, assault, battery, sexual assault or other abusive behavior committed by an intimate partner against another. According to The National Center for Victims of Crime (2011), aggressors of domestic violence persistently disparage, degrade or humiliate their partners. Unfortunately, domestic violence victims are known to habitually blame their own actions, rather than the violent behavior of the abuser. Conversely, violence perpetrated by abusers is repetitively self-driven and depends little on the victims' behavior. The use of psychological, emotional, and physical abuse fused together with episodes of "respite, love, and happiness are premeditated coercive tools used to generate …show more content…
Research reveals that thousands of women are suffering from exploitation by their husbands each year, and regrettably, the children who witness the horrid violence are left in emotional turmoil. Children who witness domestic violence are at an enormous risk for having adverse consequences associated with psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems. Children who witness domestic violence are victims themselves and growing up amidst violence predisposes them to a multitude of social and physical problems. Constant exposure to violence and abusive role models teaches children that violence is a normal way of life and places them at risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.

Potential Effects for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence
The prospective negative effects from witnessing domestic violence fluctuate across the age span. Children who are placed in volatile situations related to domestic violence are at extreme risks for psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems. A study conducted by Vickerman & Margolin (2011) revealed that thirteen percent of children exposed to domestic violence aggression were prone to meeting the criterion of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while over fifty percent met the criterion for intrusive thoughts after witnessing the abuse. When factoring in the attachment perspective, a child may act in response with disorganized attachment
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