Abuse & Children
Each year, more than 3,000,000 children witness domestic violence in their homes, placing them at risk.
Children are exposed to or experience domestic violence in many ways. Exposure to domestic abuse may include the child’s direct involvement, watching or hearing the events and/or experiencing the aftermath. When there are incidents of domestic abuse, there is an increased risk of harm to a child. Children may get inadvertently hurt by getting caught in the middle of an incident or by trying to protect a parent.
Children of all ages, including infants, who are exposed to abuse in the home, are affected. The longer the abuse continues, the more deep and enduring the effects on the children will become thereby, threatening the child's emotional, psychological, and physical well-being.
Children may blame themselves and feel confused by their conflicting feelings of anger, sadness, fear, and love. They learn from what they see and may think that abuse is okay or that adults don't take responsibility for their own actions. They are more likely than their peers to participate in at-risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse and are more likely to repeat abusive patterns that were modeled in their homes.
Children deserve to grow up in a loving environment where they feel safe. JBWS aims to help children deal with their difficult feelings, develop coping skills, and plan for their safety.
We can help! Please read more about our Children's Services.