When I was younger, my father wasn’t around most of the time and when he was there he was always arguing. Being the age I was, it was futile to attempt help my mother. My brother and I scrutinized, and that’s really all children who live through this can do. Though all of this pain was being inflicted upon us, I still loved my father a great deal and didn’t fully understand the situation, but my mindset had changed to one of great fear when I was about 7. I was in the backseat with my younger brother when an argument had broken out between my parents. I don’t exactly remember why they had started arguing, but this time was different than others. It all happened so quickly that it’s a blur, the part I remember as clear as day is when my mother was hit. This wasn’t an unusual scene as my mother turned her head, in attempt to quell our tears, all I could see was the blood dripping down her nose. At this exact moment I truly learned the severity of all of it and truly feared my dad. Now, as a young adult, I understand the amount of pain and stress a child has to endeavor when they are brought up in such a hostile environment. A child who witnesses domestic violence experiences lasting emotional wounds, including cases of insomnia, behavior disorders, and depression.
Domestic violence in any household can range from physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, and emotional abuse, and could be inflicted by male or female. “On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.” (NCADV) This abuse cannot only hurt the person who is being hurt, but also the people around them who witness it happen to the people they c...
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...t properly dealt with. This ongoing paradigm also leads to behavioral problems in the future. “Children may learn that it is acceptable to exert control or relieve stress by using violence, or that violence is in some way linked to expressions of intimacy and affection.” (NCTSN)
Though the police were called many times, in my case, my dad spent on a total of two months in jail because my mother abstain from pressing charges or because my grandfather would bail him out. Domestic violence should not be tolerated in any circumstance, and in my opinion, even if the victim refuses to press charges proper punishment should be given to the abuser.
This sadly was just the beginning of my life, but on a good note, my father finally came to stay at around the age of 13 and had gone to anger management classes and had actually changed, but this isn’t the case for all abusers.
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