The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT Section I. Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year (Journal of Family Psychology, 2006). When children are present in a home where violence is present, children are 300% more likely to experience family violence (New Hanover County Health Department, 2007). Family violence creates a home environment where children live in constant fear. Children who witness family violence are affected in ways similar to children who are physically abused. They are often unable to establish nurturing bonds with either parents, peers, and/or other caring adults. Children are at greater risk for abuse and neglect if they live in a violent home. Child abuse occurs in 70% of families that experience domestic violence. Children in homes where domestic violence occurs may be witnesses to abuse, may be abused, may suffer incidental harm because of the domestic abuse, and may be used by the abuser to manipulate or gain control over the victim (Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, 2003). Victims of domestic violence believe they can protect their children from the incidents but in reality, children who live in homes with domestic violence present have witnessed acts of violence and can repeat what happened. Exposure to domestic violence poses harmful psychological and emotional implications for child witnesses. Section II. Between 3.3 million to 17.8 million youth are exposed to domestic violence yearly, with as many as one third exposed at some point during childhood or adolescence (Carlson, 2000). Of those exposed to domestic violence, between 45% and 70% are also victims of child abuse (Leve, Steketee, & Keilitz, 2000). In 2013 the state of North Carolina provided domestic violence... ... middle of paper ... ...adaptation, which promotes nurturing parenting attitudes, and skills to prevent child abuse and neglect, treat child and adolescent maltreatment, prevent its recurrence, and build nurturing relationships between parents and children (Bavolek, 2000). The FNP has been field tested with families at risk for abuse and neglect, families identified by local social services as abusive or neglectful, families in recovery for alcohol and other drug abuse, families at risk for delinquency, parents incarcerated for crimes against society, and adults seeking to become adoptive or foster parents (Bavolek, 2000). The FNP consists of fifteen, two half-hour sessions that meet one day a week for 15 consecutive weeks. Parents and children attend separate groups that meet concurrently. By targeting children who witness domestic violence, the goal is to stop the cycle of violence.
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