The scope of domestic violence is huge, and it’s effect on children even more so. The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, conservatively estimates that 275 million children worldwide are exposed to violence in the home. 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.
These statistics show how much violence is touching the families and communities around us. Even if a child has not been physically abused, being exposed and living around the violence is traumatic and has severe effects.
Children can be exposed to domestic violence in the following ways:
- Seeing mother abused or threatened
- Overhearing conflict or battering
- Seeing the aftermath of an incident
- Being raised by parents who are unable to give proper care, due to Domestic Violence
- Abusive parent manipulating child against the other parent
- Suffering consequences of economic abuse
Join us on Tuesday, April 18th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm for a Community Education Event at Appleseed CMHC, located at 2233 Rocky Lane, Ashland, Ohio 44805. In this presentation we will discuss the effects of domestic violence on children, how to aid in a child’s recovery, what a parent should tell a child about the abusive parent, supporting women as parents and safety planning with children.