After being born, children learn basic instincts, such as walking and talking, from their parents. They also rely on parents to teach them skills that will allow them to become self-sufficient. However, parents can also have a negative impact on their children. In a home where domestic violence has occurred, even young children can sense the problems, and witnessing violence can have lasting effects on children of all ages.
Domestic violence is a series of behaviors used by a person to maintain power over his or her romantic partner. This may include threats, physical abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, isolation, or emotional manipulation. Domestic violence is seen in all social, economic, and racial groups, and it can affect partnerships ranging from casual relations to married couples. Whether intentional or not, the abuser uses their power to keep the victim in the unhealthy relationship.
Millions of children witness abuse at home every year. A child deserves a healthy and safe home environment, but in cases involving domestic violence, home may be the last place he or she would want to be. Living with domestic abuse may mean witnessing physical violence, hearing fights, and seeing the aftermath, such as bruises or property damage. When they live in a home where violence is occurring, children may experience a variety of negative effects, including:
No child deserves to live in fear. If you are a victim of domestic violence, contact an experienced Joliet family law attorney to learn about your options for receiving protection for you and your children. Call our office at 815-726-9200 to schedule a free consultation.