Domestic violence is more common than many people realize, with some studies showing that about 25% of women and nearly 10% of men are subjected to it. Making matter worse is that children are oftentimes present when this violence occurs, which can have an extensive impact on their safety and well-being.
How exposure to domestic violence harms children
Exposure to domestic violence can have a tremendous impact on your child. This includes:
- An increased risk of being physically abused or physically injured during an instance of domestic violence.
- Behavioral regression that can lead a younger child to bedwetting and thumb sucking.
- Development of poor self-esteem.
- Feelings of guilt and shame over an inability to protect the victim of domestic violence.
- An increased risk of engaging in risky behaviors, including substance abuse.
- Emotional distancing.
- An increase in lying.
- An increased risk of becoming an abuser themselves.
- A higher chance of developing long-term mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
What can you do to protect your child?
If your child is being exposed to domestic violence, then you need to take action to keep them safe. This might mean seeking divorce, or it could mean seeking a child custody modification. Either way, you’ll need evidence to support your position, which can come in the form of police reports, criminal records, and witness testimony. It’s best to present a case that shows not only that the domestic violence in question actually occurred, but also its impact on your child.
Are you ready to advocate for your child?
Your child needs you to fight for them. Waiting too long can lead to irreversible consequences and regret. Don’t let that happen to you and your child. Instead, take action now to figure out your best course of action and argue for the outcome that’s just for your child.