The biggest victims of domestic violence are the littlest. The home is a suppose to be a safe and secure environment for children with loving parents and free from violence. Children need a secure environment where they can come home to when the outside world is unsafe. However, every year there are millions of children who’s homes are not a safe haven. Millions of children are exposed to a parent being violently assaulted. Domestic violence is a prevalent social issue in America today. First, who is affected by domestic violence. Second, the impact of domestic violence on children. Third, the social harm of domestic violence is illustrated. This paper argues that domestic violence has tremendous effects on children.
What makes domestic violence a social problem rather then a personal problem? Domestic violence 20 years ago was framed as a women’s issue. Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.Women are vastly affected by domestic abuse, but it also has lasting consequences for other populations including children. Children are watching a parent being slapped, shaken, burned, kicked, and threatened with knives or guns. Psychological abuse includes isolation from others, strong jealousy, control of partner, verbal control, and harassment. Domestic abuse and psychological abuse are scene in all aspects of life. It occurs in all ages, racial and ethnic groups, socio - economic, sexual orientation, and religious groups in America. Domestic abuse creates social, economical, and health concerns for the victims and others that are impacted by the abuse.
When Alhabib, Nur, and Jones (2009) studied domestic violence against women their results concluded that domestic violence against women is an epidemic in many societies. It also suggest that there is no racial, ethnic, or socio-economic group excluded from this violence. So who are the victims of domestic violence? According to (Moylan, Herrenkohl, Sousa, Tajima, Herrenkohl, and Russo 2009) found that there is estimated 3.3 million to 10 million children exposed to domestic violence in the home. Their research indicates that many children witness domestic violence and have also experienced child abuse. In another study by Amy Chanmugan (2011) there are 15.5 million children from ages 0-17 lived in a household where a parent is a victim of domestic violence at least once a year. Since there are so many women being victims of domestic violence it leads to millions of children being exposed to domestic violence as well. Domestic violence has lasting impacts on children that are affected by the violence.
Research on the effects of domestic violence on women and their children by (Levendosky and Graham-Bermann, 2001) shows the psychological effects of domestic violence on women and children illustrates the harmful effects it causes. Women who experience the abuse are at greater risk for developing high levels of depression, lower self esteem,...