Domestic Violence Can Spawn More of the Same
Jones, Heather, The Florida Times Union
Byline: HEATHER JONES
The long-term effects of witnessing domestic violence can create a cycle of violence that spans generations.
Children who live with domestic violence face numerous risks such as the risk of being abused themselves and the risk of being used as a tool by the abuser to gain control or manipulate the victim. This is only a handful of risks these children face. These risks can lead to negative outcomes for children and clearly have an impact on them and our community.
Children are often exposed to domestic violence by hearing a violent event, being directly involved in the violent event or experiencing the aftermath. Exposure to domestic violence can cause a wide range of behavioral, social and cognitive problems such as higher levels of aggression, anger, low self-esteem, lack of conflict resolution skills, pro-violence attitudes, and belief in rigid gender stereotypes and male privilege. The long-term effect of domestic violence varies from case to case and depends on the age of the child and how they were exposed to domestic violence.
Children who have been exposed to domestic violence will become teenagers who enter the dating world for the first time. They are formulating their own theories about relationships, and they may base their relationship on the wrong model. They have witnessed the cycle of violence with the abuse, manipulations, excuses, apologies and more abuse. These teenagers face a higher risk of ending up in violent relationships as adults, either as victims or abusers.
Many men who are abusive witnessed their mothers being abused and may even have been victims of physical abuse themselves. …