The effects of domestic abuse on children

Even if a man isn’t abusive towards his children but is abusive towards their mother, they are still affected by the abuse. Witnessing their mother being abused is often more damaging to children than actually being abused themselves. Having to witness domestic abuse is a form of child abuse.
Children who live with abuse often struggle with:
Depression
Being withdrawn
Anxiety
Aggressiveness
Hostility
Resentment
Being a bully
Being a victim
Problems in school
Behavioral difficulties
Learning difficulties
Low self-esteem
Feeling numb
Anger
Fear
Nightmares
Sleep problems
Inability to make or keep friends
Inability to trust
Addictive behaviors
Long term effects of abuse on children are:
Alcoholism
Drug abuse
Stress
Anxiety
Health issues
Mental health issues
Poverty
Criminal behavior
Drifts from thing to thing
Can’t maintain relationships
Controlling
Perfectionist
Becomes a victim of domestic abuse
Becomes an abuser
As a mom, you recognize that your husband’s abuse is hurting your children. This is true even if he’s never lifted a hand to them. Children who live in abuse suffer the effects of the abuse, even if they themselves aren’t abused. Do whatever you can to protect them, even if that means leaving your abuser.

 

 

 

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