The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children 's Mental Health

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Introduction to Domestic Violence
Domestic violence refers to any occurrence of threatening abuse, behavior, or violence (financial, emotional, physical, psychological, or sexual) between adults who are present or past intimate partners or family members (Hester, Pearson, & Harwin, 2006, p. 18). It is also known by an assortment of other names: battering, family violence, marital abuse, partner abuse, and wife beating, just to name a few. Domestic violence can be described as choking, burning, beating, pushing, slapping, shoving, hitting with a fist or object, kicking, forced sexual intercourse, sexual humiliation and threatening with a weapon.
Domestic Violence and Mental Health in Children
History of Childhood Physical Abuse Domestic violence has negative effects on the mother’s mental health, which reduces the mother’s capability to provide and support high-quality parenting, which may result in behavioral problems for children living in the household (Huang, Wang, & Warrener, 2010, p. 1318). According to Fujiwara, Okuyama, & Izumis (2011), the parents’ history of physical abuse during their childhood is one of the reasons for child maltreatment (p. 531). In other words, the abusing parents were also abused in their childhood. According to Sully (2008), domestic violence can affect the parents’ capacity to parent their children. Parents with a history of child abuse have found to have a poorer quality level of interaction with their children (Fujiwara, Okuyama, &
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