Domestic violence is more common than many people realize. In fact, one study found that 20 people are subjected to some form of physical domestic abuse every minute. And while the harm caused to a victim by domestic violence can be extensive, it can be just as damaging to children who are exposed to it.
The effects of exposure to domestic violence
Many children are exposed to domestic violence, and the implications can be significant, impacting their physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing in both the short and the long-term. Here are just a few of the ways that exposure to domestic violence can negatively impact a child:
- Development of excessive worry
- Guilt over being unable to protect the victim
- Lack of empathy
- Lack of guilt
- Increased lying
- Low frustration tolerance
- Anger management issues
- Emotional and social distancing
- Poor judgment
In addition to these negative effects, children who live in households where domestic violence occurs may be at more risk of being physically abused or neglected. These children are also more likely to turn to violence as a problem-solving mechanism, which increases the likelihood that they, too, will be a domestic abuser.
With so much on the line, fight to protect your child
The home environment in which your child lives can completely shape his or her life, for better or worse. That’s why you need to be cognizant of what your child is being exposed to and fight to protect him or her from dangerous situations. In the family law context, this may mean seeking a child custody modification. To successfully do so, you’ll need strong evidence and compelling legal arguments on your side. That’s why it might be best to have a legal ally on your side when you address these matters.