Witnessing can mean SEEING actual incidents of physical/and or sexual abuse.
Because mom is struggling to survive, she is often not present for her children.
Because dad is so consumed with controlling everyone, he also is not present for his children.
Cycle of Domestic Violence Violence in the Suburbs Warning Signs Effects on Children Animal Abuse and DV Safety Planning What Prevents Victimsfrom Leaving Stopping Abuse About Batterers Elder Abuse Teen Dating Violence Bullying Legal Information The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children How many children witness the abuse of their mothers? government statistics say that 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners.
Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year. The children of these women often witness the domestic violence.
Whether or not children are physically abused, they often suffer emotional and psychological trauma from living in homes where their fathers abuse their mothers.
Children whose mothers are abused are denied the kind of home life that fosters healthy development.These children become physically, emotionally and psychologically abandoned.What behaviors do children who witness domestic violence exhibit?The behavioral responses of children who witness domestic violence may include acting out, withdrawal, or anxiousness to please.The children may exhibit signs of anxiety and have a short attention span which may result in poor school performance and attendance.They are always worried for themselves, their mother, and their siblings. Children who grow up with abuse are expected to keep the family secret, sometimes not even talking to each other about the abuse.