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  • simran arora
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    When children witness domestic violence in the home setting, it is likely for them to accept violence in any form when they grew up. Children aged between four to five years would react differently to teenagers who witness domestic violence. Some of them are likely to get more aggressive as they grow up, while some could keep things bottled up. It could be one pattern to witness an event. But there are a few children who try not to make the same mistake as their parents. However, post-traumatic stress disorder is a common syndrome in both sections.

    Most parents do not understand is that the acceptance of domestic violence by either is likely to affect a child’s future. It could be possible that only a few children would not resist and fight back their situations. In most cases, it is also possible that a child may interpret that doing violence can get the job done. The growing years of a child are challenging when faced with domestic violence. When a child is four or five years of age, the child may develop the habit of wetting the bed or refuse to leave home in any circumstances. It is also likely that a child may become more obedient to the parent, afraid of being harmed.

    The effects of domestic violence on children could be adverse. The emotional and psychological well-being of a child could make a heavy mess. The child’s self-esteem may reduce, and the attitude to victimization can cause hindrance in different aspects of life.

    A child reacts differently to the other child, even when both are the victims of domestic violence. Some of the signs of effects of domestic violence could be aggression and bullying, refusal to socialize, anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts, nightmares, attention-seeking behavior like tantrums, trouble in learning, eating disorders, drug addiction, and isolation.

    The above signs are an embodiment of both physical and mental health abuse. Such issues must be addressed on time because one may not notice them, but violence pays a significant impact on the child. The child’s growth years could only decide if the outcome was good or bad. The parents should know that their union is for the child’s responsibility. It would be potent to separate from each other than being a victim of violence and disrupting the life of their child or children.

    anshika agarwal
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    Absolutely yes! Domestic violence not only affect the children but it affects the whole family.
    Domestic violence is the violence which is faced by woman through husband or his family members. Domestic violence is a crime but is still faced by many women. It creates a bad environment in society as well as house. Children see their mother being beaten by their father. Boy child learns how to control his wife like his father does. How to beat her if she does anything wrong. It gives him power of authority and as he had learnt this in his childhood by his father he will definitely going to do this in future. He will soon start not to talk respectively with his mother. It will create a huge impact on his life. Girl child will learn that she has to prepare herself for the future work that his husband is going to do with her that her father does to her. She wants to save her mother from Domestic violence but she can’t do it. Because if she will interrupt in between she will alsp be beaten. Raising a voice by a woman is always shut by the society.
    Children learn speaking abusive words from their home which they listen when his father say it to his mother. They are mostly affected by this all drama.

    preety agarwal
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    Yes. It affects children because children are so small to understand each and everything on a big picture. Whatever they see is just a harsh side of society and they try to accept that and follow that in their teenage. It affects them alot.

    Anika
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    Yes, it definitely affects the child at home. Although the victim definitely goes through a lot of pain; the impact of being a witness of abuse affects the child in many ways.
    The child might be the perpetrator of the crime to their partner in the future if they do not get the required help. Children who are witnesses of abuse tend to do the same to their future partners more than other children.
    Abuse sets a wrong example. Some children might think this behavior is normal, while some might have no hope. With the required support, one can get through this. It not only affects children but also growing young adults. By witnessing this behavior, they often act out in certain ways because it traumatized them. It often affects their social life and the way they act around others.
    People need to think before they lay a hand on anyone. Firstly, they need to think if the person they’re going to abuse actually requires this. No, they definitely do not. There is no justification for abuse. This is what happens when you are a witness of domestic abuse. They also need to think of their kids if they have any, because children often mimic behavior which they learn from adults, mostly their parents.
    If people learnt to respect people more and just get out of relationships which wouldn’t work out instead of abusing them, it would be good. And to watch what they’re doing around their children because it impacts them, both indirectly and directly

    arunakaleeswaran
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    Without a doubt, it is a yes to this question. Domestic violence not only hurt women physically but also the children at home are hurt mentally. Children grow up gaining knowledge from what they see,hear and experience. Most of the visuals they see during their childhood is nailed in their mind forever. Likewise, when a girl child grows up seeing domestic violence at her home, she is forever afraid of men and pushed to be live in her limit not believing anyone around. On the other hand, when a boy child grows up seeing domestic violence at his home is not aware that it is a crime and he takes it granted to follow it in his later age. Domestic violence at home is a crime.

    Vivek Adatia
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    Domestic violence is a much graver social issue than it is assumed to be. The reason that it poses such a threat to the society is because generally, it is not taken that seriously or more often than not it is shrugged off by most people. This is probably because they can hardly empathize with the woman who is on the receiving end of domestic violence nor are they directly affected by it. But the ones who are indeed directly and most adversely affected by domestic violence are the children of the house.

    Children, as we all know, have quite impressionable minds. Whatever they see and observe at such young age, influences their traits and personality as adults. So when young boys and girls see their mother being mercilessly beaten and abused by their own father, one can only imagine how much it affects them! There can be multiple ways domestic violence affect the children. Some children gradually get used to these instances of violence at their homes and eventually become indifferent, which may lead to either themselves practicing this horrendous offense (in case of boys) when they become adults or to stay mum and quietly suffer this same atrocity as their mothers did (in case of girls), if they happen to suffer the same unfortunate fate as their mothers.

    In other cases, these children undergo such severe mental trauma that growing up they become so emotionally numb that they lose the ability to love altogether. They struggle to build a meaningful relationship or even worse they despise getting into one. This is because being firsthand witness to domestic violence in their childhood, probably make them lose faith in the existence of love altogether. The most worrisome thing here is that, in almost all cases they are not even aware of this mental trauma of theirs. Such children are often found to be staying aloof, easily irritated, underachieving, temperamental and inhospitable in their disposition. This may even result in them being bullied at schools and colleges which only makes their mental condition messier.

    All these often overlooked aspects of domestic violence must be taken more seriously and more stringent measures must be taken to control the instances of domestic violence. Women should be empowered enough so that they can take a stand against the atrocities being committed against them. This way they can probably foster their children better and save them from being sucked into the black hole of hopelessness and hatred. Children, as we know are the future of our race and if they don’t turn out good for any reason, our future will be dire jeopardy.

    Shumaila Siddiqui
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    Children’s are affected from every situation comes in their childhood. Some are very sensitive ones who get influenced by any mishap happens and it touches their personality in a very negative way. A child will become what they saw in front of their eyes. Domestic violence at home is the scariest experience children have during their upbringing. The children with this kind of environment end up with a mental illness. Their mental health is deteriorated from the very beginning when the child needs the most affection and love. Though, parents make their basic needs to be fulfilled but their internal needs are being ignored. The mental trauma occupying their mind and body result into a drastic effect once they are adults. Children’s needs the atmosphere of love affection and kindness. They don’t need to see the violence and make that a part of their life. A child with domestic violence background assumes that its normal to do domestic violence or to be a victim of the violence because of the normalcy created around them. Life becomes very tough for these children’s because of the mental illness they face (the noise of violence at night haunts, the screams ,the helplessness, the trauma and the dark past).
    Basically, domestic violence is like a murder for their physical and emotional growth. They end up being under confident, low self-esteem and behave cowardly at every problem and circumstances. Sometimes the child does not show any symptoms in their childhood but the symptoms start once they reach adulthood and one cannot find the reason for their mental illness at that particular time.Therfore, As a human being we all should seek medical help and treatment if we go through rough patch of our mental health. Domestic Violence is not the solution for health in any way. It only ruins the whole people associated with us and most importantly the next generation of our species are being traumatized for no reason.
    Protect your children before it’s too late.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    There may be high rates of domestic violence in certain demographics but domestic violence is an issue processing all of us. The national coalition against domestic violence defines it as “the wilful interpretation of physical and sexual abuse as a pattern of power and control”. Domestic violence is not just physical and sexual it is also emotional and mental abuse. The abuser imposes rule over the victim. It’s incredibly important to notice the definition when we start to actualize the people who are affected. Over 10 million men and women are affected by domestic violence each year. Although our virtual initial instant may be to put them in bar graphs and charts and sheets, we must actualize these people individually. Every one of them faces the impacts of physical violence. It is linked to an increase in hypertension, cancer, and other cardiovascular diseases in the physical realm. Not only are victims are abused by their abuser but they are also subjected to massive medical bills and massive stresses. Domestic violence has been linked to an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder addictive behaviours and suicidal behaviours.
    Almost 275 million children are exposed to violence at home. It turns a child’s world into chaos. The victim tends to bully other people at school. Children who observe violence when they are over the age of 5 tend to be aggressive. Almost 75% of battered women say that their children are also abused by their abusers. Children constantly feel anxious and fear abandonment. Some develop cognitive on language problems and developmental disruptions, hearing and speech problems and stress-related physical illnesses. In a recent study, it was also found that children who witnessed their mothers being abused at 24 times more likely to commit sexual assault crimes as they are turning to adults. 75% of child victims are more likely to commit crimes against another person. The most desired and ink in the domestic violence is that there is a high possibility that it will continue into the next generation and the vicious cycle won’t stop. There are also more prone to using drugs and alcohol.
    Children have the right to live happy and safe life. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that this right is granted to them.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    Yes, domestic violence has a very ill effect on children, most of them get traumatized by seeing it on their mother and they live in fear and depression. They start hating their parents and their education health everything effect because of this. Seeing violence women’s children feel men can easily do anything they can’t dominate women and some children learn this attitude they tried to do the same when they grew up with girls, first violence is crime its women’s who keeps suffering. Women need to complain or give divorce because this women’s, as well as child suffering, is getting ruined. When a child watches the love between other parents he feels very disheartened. And unloved. Most of the parents of children fight shamelessly in front of a child without caring about who will affect them. the child lives in fear of consequences they do not love to share anything with their parents. Little girls think it is normal for women to face violence, she also learns to adjust like her mother. They cannot enjoy childhood happily they always have a threat in mind, it lives patches in their rest of life. If parents see their child is in trauma after watching the violence they need to physiatrists. Women need to understand they can’t keep suffering always. The child needs love care and nurtures from both the parents, they are very attentive and observant of everything which happens around them. firstly, parents do not have to fight in Infront of kids even if things are heating up between, they should make sure their kid is not around and try to solve without being violent, women need to raise up their voices and make sure their man gets punishments for his very wrong violence on innocent women and putting their child in trauma make sure he has to pay for it.

    Manpreet Singh
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    Children living with domestic violence or victims of abuse are themselves at serious risk of long-term physical and mental health problems.2 Children who are witnesses to violence among parents may also be at higher risk of violence during their future relationships. Children who are exposed to violence in their homes are also victims of physical abuse. It can be hard to know how to safeguard your child if you are a parent who is abused. Children can feel afraid and apprehensive in families when a parent is abused. It can always be on guard to ask if the next violent incident is to take place3. This can cause children to react according to their age in different ways. Young children who experience intimate partner violence could begin to do activities they used to do when younger, like weathering, sucking thumbs, increased loudness, and whining. They also have trouble falling and sleeping, indicators of horror such as hiding or stuttering, and signs of a great dread about separation. Children of this age often feel guilty and blame for the abuse. The self-esteem of children is harmed by domestic violence and maltreatment. You are not allowed to take part in or receive good grades in school, have fewer friends than others and become more in difficulty. They may also have a lot of damage to the head and belly. Adolescents witnessing abuse can act negatively, such as battling families or skipping schools. They can also conduct themselves to unsafe habits such as unprotected sex, drugs, or alcohol. They can be self-esteem low and make friends with difficulty. They can start fighting or bully others and are more prone to encounter law problems. This behavior is more common in children than in adolescent girls. This type of behavior is more common in children. Girls are more likely to be removed and depressed than boys.

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