Help, Encouragement and Recognition of Observers of Domestic Violence
Children are the unintentional, often times, forgotten victims of domestic violence.
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Some Effects of Domestic Violence on Children:
Children are present in half the homes where police are called because of domestic violence. In 50% of those homes, child abuse has also taken place.
Children in violent homes often feel responsible for the abuse, suffer constant anxiety or fear about their parent being hurt. They may also experience depression and sadness.
They may experience developmental problems, school related difficulties, experience post-traumatic stress symptoms (including nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance of trauma reminders) as well as other behavioral problems.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults
At this time, approximately 15 states have already passed legislation that presence of physical violence should affect child custody decisions
Effects of Domestic Violence on Children (PDF)
What is the HERO program?
It is a program for children exposed to domestic violence that...
- Provides direct services children who witness abuse of their caregiver by an intimate partner (including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse)
- Recognizes that these children have needs and concerns that are directly related to living in violent environments
- Helps these children learn how to cope with those experiences and later heal from them in the hopes of a future free from violence
- Gives support not only to the children, but to other their non-offending caregiver
increases public awareness and sensitivity to the challenges these children face
How can HERO help?
The HERO program provides therapeutic interventions for children ages 5 to 18 who have demonstrated adverse effects from exposure to domestic violence. Interventions include
individual and small group counseling addressing the following concerns:
- Safety Skills
- Domestic violence dynamics
- Self Esteem
- Conflict Management
- Healthy relationships
- Coping and Relaxation Skills
- Feeling identification and healthy expression of feeling
Interventions used include:
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Play Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Facts About Family Violence:
Children exposed to violence can often forgotten or even ignored.
Domestic violence can happen in any family, regardless of how much money you make, where you live, the color of your skin, the faith you practice, who you love, or the gender you identify with.
Domestic violence often gets worse, and in some cases results in suicide or homicide.
Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
The impact of exposure to domestic violence can affect a child into adulthood if it is not addressed.
Children who try to prevent a parent from being abused are at a greater risk of being hurt themselves.
The majority of cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. Approximately 75% of domestic violence physical assaults are never reported to law enforcement.
A safe space for a child to work through the impact of exposure to domestic violence can go a long way in helping them heal. Call us to see if we can help: 704-336-3210.