16 Days: Call to Action – Day 7 – Visit THIS WEBSITE and be aware of the impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Young People.
Under NSW child protection legislation, a child exposed to domestic violence is considered to be at risk of harm. All children exposed to domestic violence will display symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition there is a higher likelihood of:
- Of being murdered or assaulted
- Poor educational outcomes
- Poor self-care
- Poor mental health outcomes – likelihood of experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression and developing a range of disorders
- Challenging behaviours including a higher likelihood of participating in bullying behaviour, as victim or perpetrator
- As adults, an increased likelihood of engaging in unhealthy interpersonal relationships – as either victim or perpetrator of violence
Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence grow up in an environment that is unpredictable, filled with tension and anxiety and dominated by fear. This can lead to significant emotional and psychological trauma, similar to that experienced by children who are victims of child abuse. Instead of growing up in an emotionally and physically safe, secure, nurturing and predictable environment, these children are forced to worry about the future; they try to predict when it might happen next and try to protect themselves and their siblings.
Today, spare a moment to understand a little more around the impacts of Domestic Violence on our young people.