Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

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The biggest victims of domestic violence are the littlest. The home is a suppose to be a safe and secure environment for children with loving parents and free from violence. Children need a secure environment where they can come home to when the outside world is unsafe. However, every year there are millions of children who’s homes are not a safe haven. Millions of children are exposed to a parent being violently assaulted. Domestic violence is a prevalent social issue in America today. First, who is affected by domestic violence. Second, the impact of domestic violence on children. Third, the social harm of domestic violence is illustrated. This paper argues that domestic violence has tremendous effects on children. What makes domestic…show more content…
Not only are there children who are effected by domestic violence researchers have created the “double whammy” effect or the dual exposure effect. The doubling effect is children who are effected by domestic violence as well as child abuse. (Moylan et al. , 2009) When children and adolescents experience both domestic violence and child abuse it leads to severe effects on the child. (Moylan et al.,2009) research indicates some of the following risks associated with both child abuse and domestic violence including: internalizing, withdrawn, somatic complaints, anxious, depressed, depression, externalizing, delinquent behavior, aggressive behavior, and delinquency. However, the double effect only increases the vulnerability of the children who have experienced both domestic and child abuse. The only significant effidence that is related to the doubling effect is and increase in depression. It is important to realize the importance of the effects on the at risk youth associated with domestic and child abuse. It is clear that both domestic and child abuse has tremendous effects on both the mother and the children. Furthermore, domestic violence effects millions of children, which leaves atrocious effects on the child psychologically and socially. Like it or not, domestic violence is a social issue. Not only does it impact the families who have experienced domestic violence, it impacts the larger society. There
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