Did you know that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are in great risk of being victims of domestic abuse each year in the US only? Not to mention the rest of the world.
Domestic violence does not strictly mean physical abuse, children can be enormously affected by only witnessing a fight between their parents; hearing and observing any sorts of violence creates a negative effect on their childhood.
After being exposed to domestic violence, the child doesn’t necessarily speak about it, they rather show their discomfort by becoming fearful and anxious, never lower their guard, and behave aggressively towards their friends and other members of their family.
Children who live domestic violence do not always show their pain, they may look fine on the outside, but they’re suffering terribly on the inside, feeling isolated and extremely vulnerable. They often feel the need for approval and affection, thus the lack of it. Many experts believe that children who grow up in abusive homes, end up believing that aggression and violence are very effective ways to resolve conflicts and other issues, so when they reach adulthood, they intend to recreate what they grew up seeing and living.
Besides these issues, there are many others that abused children face up as they start getting older. Issues like alcohol, drugs, juvenile delinquency, and adult criminality are very common on their everyday lives. This, if they’re not stopped and guided on time.
If you know a child who is being abused, or have heard of one, do not hesitate to contact the police, an irregularity reported on time can save many collateral damages, even a life. So, be the change a life might be needing now, be the guide of a suffering person. Silence only makes you an accomplice.