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AP English Literature
5 September 2016
Domestic Violence: The Delayed Development on Children’s State of Health
Childhood domestic violence continues to be “one of the most pervasive human right issues of our time” (Martin). A child watching a parent being physically and emotionally abused leads to a negative view on social relationships. Children become victims to a violent household, and they become prone to unhealthy changes of the mind and body. Domestic violence has a powerful ability to traumatize children, and it can delay or change development on a child’s physical and mental health, which in turn makes many children become isolated from society. Prevention is the key element in stopping the ongoing threat of childhood domestic violence.
A child victim is often not thought of when discussing domestic violence, but in reality “children are present in more than half of domestic violence incidents” (Martin). They grow up in a fear- dominated environment created by the violence towards a parent, and often times everything to them is unpredictable (“Impact of Domestic…People”). Victims hear and see their parent be confronted by extreme threats, humiliation, and physical injuries. Childhood domestic violence is not confined to any one group. It is a problem “affecting individuals in every community” (“What is Domestic…”). Domestic violence occurs “in families from various races and ethnicities, including 53 percent white, 20 percent African American, 16 percent Latino, and 11 percent other races” (Nauert). It covers a wide range and “approximately 1 in 4 children experience childhood domestic violence” (Martin), and no matter the differences between one victim and another, they all “suffer emotional and psychological trauma from living in a household that is dominated by tensions and fear” (“Impact of Domestic…Youth”). It scars a child’s mind and greatly affects their health.
The impact of childhood domestic violence leads to the development of negative effects depending on their age (Stiles). One of them being emotional trauma that is given through witnessing their parent be threatened and assaulted, and the constant fear makes many victims feel harmful emotions such as: guilt, depression, resentment, aloofness, worthlessness, fear, or anger (“The Effects of Domestic…”). These emotions may never change and could lead to issues such as withdrawal from society, low self-esteem, and difficulties in social relationships. All negative childhood experiences may become and transform into negative outcomes in adulthood (Wallace). The victim’s mental development is also traumatized, and it is important “to understand that witnessing domestic violence (let alone being the primary target) makes children susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder” (Tsavoussis). At a young age they also can become victims to PTSD, and can “result in anatomical and physiological alterations in their brain structure” (Tsavoussis). PTSD is an unhealthy development that make many children who witness domestic violence go through, and it can make them function poorly in society, and creating medical and sociological problems. Other physical delays in body development are the pains that a child goes through, such as stomach ache, headache, loss of concentration, poor sleeping habits, and malnourishment (“The Effects of Domestic…”). These unhealthy symptoms lead to difficult challenges in children’s lives, and without help they will most likely never overcome them.
Prevention is key to fighting against childhood domestic violence, and helping those who are terrified of speaking up. It is vital for both victim and non-victims of domestic violence to recognize abuse. For an average person, there are several ways to prevent or stop childhood domestic violence from occurring. If one suspects, sees, or hears evidence of domestic violence, it is important to report it to the police. Speaking out publicly and educating others over domestic violence helps to spread awareness of an existing problem that involves children of all ages. Donating and volunteering at domestic violence counseling programs and shelters are some ways that the community can help victims while also spreading the word. Domestic violence counseling programs aid children who, unfortunately, went through childhood domestic violence. It lets them know that they are not alone in that situation. For the abused partner and parent of the victim or victims it is essential to prevent them from going through that abuse so that they do not experience delayed development or unhealthy changes. Noticing tactics that are used by abusers helps to stop the problem early. Some tactics could be but are not limited to dominance, humiliation, isolation, threats, intimidation, blame, and denial (Smith). “Domestic abuse falls into a common pattern, or cycle of violence” (Smith) and it is often referred to as the cycle of violence. The cycle has six parts. The perpetrator will often start with abuse such as physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse. Later he or she will show guilt, generate excuses, and go back to his original state of behavior (Smith). Often they stay unsatisfied and begin to fantasize and plan for the next attack. The last part is the set-up to the next round of abuse. The cycle repeats on afterwards. All the tactics and patterns are warning signs that must be taken seriously. Children depend on parents to allow them to grow up in an “emotionally and physically safe, secure, nurturing, and predictable environment” (“Impact of Domestic...”). Prevention is the best way to stop childhood domestic violence, and it is the responsibility of both the community and parents to overcome challenges and barriers in order to protect the future generation of America.
It is difficult to imagine the pain and fear that many victims of childhood domestic violence go through. They are led into an unsteady future with changes within them that can present many challenges to their goals and aspirations. These victims may go through delayed development in their brain structure, and may experience unhealthy changes in their physical and mental health, but each one has a future that is filled with possibility. To them their futures may seem bleak and hopeless, but with the right help they can surpass the difficulties that are presented to them. Each one has the right to hope and a bright future even in the midst of violence. The oppression and impacts that they experience are unjust, but letting them believe they are alone and worthless is a greater offense towards them. It is time to take a stand against childhood domestic violence and to help those who need a voice. It is the moment to let victims of childhood domestic violence shine and triumph.
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Loarca 5l, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse. Later he or she will show guilt, generate excuses, and go back to his original state of behavior (Smith). Often they stay unsatisfied and begin to fantasize and plan for the next attack. The last part is the set-up to the next round of abuse. The cycle repeats on afterwards. All the tactics and patterns are warning signs that must be taken seriously. Children depend on parents to allow them to grow up in an “emotionally and physically safe, secure, nurturing, and predictable environment” (“Impact of Domestic...”). Prevention is the best way to stop childhood domestic violence, and it is the responsibility of both the community and parents to overcome challenges and barriers in order to protect the future generation of America.
Stiles, Melissa. "Witnessing Domestic Violence: The Effect on Children." American Family Physician, America