Essay on Domestic Violence and Its Effect on Children

4844 Words Oct 26th, 2012 20 Pages
HS5401: History of Social Welfare
Capella University
Ereeka Brooks
March 16, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. ABSTRACT II. INTRODUCTION III. IDENTIFICATION OF THE PROLEM IV. HISTORY OF PROBLEM V. THEORIES REALTED TO PROBLEM VI. POLICIES ADDRESSING PROBLEM VII. SUMMARY VIII. CONCLUSION IX. REFERENCES

Abstract
Children who live in domestic violence homes are constantly being exposed to verbal and physical abuse, directly or indirectly, it has to account for some form of damage within them. They generally suffer in silence, but often develop high levels of aggression, anger issues and anxiety, and often become depressed, there is even a potential to develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Therefore,
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There has been research that provides evidence that exposure to domestic violence will increase the risk of behavioral problems (Överlien & Hydén, 2009), the exposed child may begin to hit, yell or even bite. If a child sees one parent bite the other they may think that this is acceptable behavior and begin biting as well, since human behavior is learned observationally through modeling; from observing others, one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action (Bandura, 1977).
At times minors are aware of the violence that is going on in their home and want to come to the rescue of the victim parent, but are caught up in the violence they can/will become victims or casualties themselves. Studies have shown that various forms of family violence such as spousal abuse and child abuse frequently occur together (Carden, 1994). Research has identified an association between growing up in a violent family and subsequent involvement in violent adult relationships as either an offender or victim (Kovacs & Tomison, 2003).
Children from homes in which domestic violence occurs have a myriad of developmental, physical and psychological difficulties; these children have a 50% greater chance of

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