Children can be affected in so many ways by living in a home where violence occurs.
Myths & Misconceptions:
"They were 'in another room/asleep, they didn't hear a thing'." This is the most common misconception. Children hear everything! Children easily pick up on the building tension so they actually strain harder to hear conversations, even from other rooms.
"They don't know what's going on." Children are smarter than we give them credit for. They see the bruises, they feel the tension, they feel the sadness and anger of the parents. Chances are, the children are wondering what they have done to cause it.
"It doesn't bother them, they are used to it." Long term exposure has very detrimental effects on children. What they see is what they learn, and what they learn is what they live. Effects on Children: Chronic Illnesses Regression Withdrawal Depression Low Self-Esteem Frequent Crying Self-mutilation Nightmares Difficulty concentrating Aggressiveness Joining Gangs Committing crimes Suicidal Thoughts
If your child has witnessed violence, we suggest seeking counseling to help them deal with their emotions!