Domestic Violence And Its Effects On Children

1975 Words Jul 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Domestic Violence
Maida P. Ferraes
Argosy University

Domestic Violence
It is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of children in the United States are exposed to domestic violence annually (Carrell & Hoekstra, 2010). What are the thoughts and feelings of children who are exposed to violence within the home? Children who are exposed to domestic violence can become fearful and anxious. They tend to be on guard, watching and waiting for the next event to occur, a sense of hypervigilance. What are the outcomes of these children as they get older? Does the cycle of abuse continue as adults? The answers to these questions will be further discussed in this paper. Children who grow up exposed abuse are expected to keep the “family secret” and at sometimes not even talking to each other about the abuse. Self-analyzing is something that we unconsciously do day to day. We question everything until it makes sense; at times we even create tests to prove it. In my personal life I have come across many studies, most for school purposes, others for work. The more my curiosity grows the more I learn that there a personal experience with domestic violence. This has led me to explore this subject. My parents did not get along and it was very obvious that there were problems. My dad actually had psychotic episodes where he tried to kill my mother. He would very vividly describe in detail to me of how he would carry out his plan to torture her right before he killed her. Yes this sounds…
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