Children from violent homes have higher risks of alcohol/drug abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and juvenile delinquency.
They are always on guard, watching and waiting for the next event to occur.They never know what will trigger the abuse, and therefore, they never feel safe.Because mom is struggling to survive, she is often not present for her children.Because dad is so consumed with controlling everyone, he also is not present for his children.Some children may also experience physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
Others may be injured while trying to intervene on behalf of their mother or a sibling.
They may experience developmental delays in speech, motor or cognitive skills.
They may also use violence to express themselves displaying increased aggression with peers or mother. What are the long-term effects on children who witness domestic violence?
Children who grow up observing their mothers being abused, especially by their fathers, grow up with a role model of intimate relationships in which one person uses intimidation and violence over the other person to get their way.
Because children have a natural tendency to identify with strength, they may ally themselves with the abuser and lose respect for their seemingly helpless mother.
These children become physically, emotionally and psychologically abandoned.