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Violence: Effects on Children
Effects of Domestic
Violence on Children
In spite of this, we know that when properly identified and addressed, the effects of domestic violence on children can be mitigated.
Many children have developed sophisticated strategies to protect themselves from being physically and emotionally harmed. There is not a typical way a child responds to intimate partner violence. Each child has a distinct reaction and even children within the same family can be affected differently. The way in which a child responds to the violence is based on a combination of their age, gender, temperament, level of involvement in the violence, interpretation of the experience, coping skills, and availability of support systems (friends, relatives, and other adults). While the impact of domestic violence on children is real and often palpable, a surprising number of children show significant resiliency in the face of this violence.
Research demonstrates a
critical connection between resiliency and a strong
relationship between the child and the victimized parent.
Batterers influence on children
A batterer may:
One should not be
surprised if they encounter children who have a closer bond
with the battering parent than with the abused parent.
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