Many children and youth see violence in their homes.
Witnessing violence in the family has a traumatic effect on children. When children witness abuse, they can suffer from anxiety, depression, a loss of self-esteem, emotional trauma, and even a reduced ability to trust. These and other problems can have important and negative affects on the way they perform in school, and their ability to relate to their friends and bond with family members.
Given the prevalence of violence against women, a large number of children, every day and every year, experience the ill affects of witnessing abuse.
Children and youth sometimes need help understanding their experiences and developing the skills and capacities that will enable them to deal with their histories in healthy ways. Kids can be helped to:
- Express feelings in a healthy way
- Understand that they are not responsible for the violence
- Develop a safety plan
- Identify support networks
- Recognize their strengths and increase their self-confidence
- Identify cycles of violence
- Explore myths about violence and violence in the media
- Improve school performance and social skills
- Develop strong conflict resolution skills
Programs for children who witness abuse in:
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