Boys and dating violence
The trauma that children experience when they witness domestic violence in the home, plays a major role in their development and physical well being.
Older children can sometimes turn the stress towards behavioral problems.
Children who witness domestic violence in the home should be assessed for the physical effects and physical injuries.
Some physical findings may be difficult to evaluate, like changes in their eating habits, sleep patterns, or bowel patterns should be further examined or questioned by someone whom they trust. Children may think that violence is an acceptable behavior of intimate relationships and become either the abused or the abuser.
Much of their night may be spent listening to or witnessing violence within the home.
Children of domestic violence victims are frequently ill, and suffer from poor personal hygiene.
The children, however, will exhibit physical symptoms associated with their behavioral or emotional problems, such as being withdrawn from those around them, becoming non-verbal, and exhibiting regressed behaviors such as being clingy and whiney.
Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. Physical force is rarely used; techniques most commonly used are bribery, threats, abusing a position of authority, taking advantage of the child’s sense of trust or lack of knowledge, and exploiting a child's desire for acceptance and affection. Sexual assault is a sexual act committed without consent.
This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. It is any sexual contact between a child and an adult or older child (at least 4 years age difference). Sexual assault is a general term that encompasses many different crimes, including rape, incest, child molestation, sexual harassment, and indecent exposure.
We offer the following completely confidential services: What is domestic violence?
It is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain powerand control over an intimate partner.Infant children who are present in the home where domestic violence occurs often fall victim to being "caught in the crossfire." They may suffer physical injuries from unintentional trauma as their parent is battered.