A heartbreaking reality for many is violence against children. Every child has a needed right to safe and sound living. The transition from childhood to adulthood must be free from any forms of violence.
The progress of every society can be said to have some dependency on how the little generations are treated.
#Let’s Fight Against Child Violence
The effects of abuse affect each child differently. While the effects of abuse can be severe and long-lasting, children who have been abused or exposed to violence can and do go on to have healthy and productive childhoods and adult lives. Children are resilient, and being able to discuss and guide our children through a recovery process is crucial to their success. It is often
the first step towards healing. In most cases, once their safety is assured, children can overcome the effects of
trauma through professional counseling or other supportive interventions.
Developmental and psychological effects:
The brain develops at an incredible pace during the early developmental stages of infancy and childhood. Studies about early childhood development indicate that the brain
develops in response to experiences with caregivers, family and the community, and that its development is
directly linked to the quality and quantity of those
Meeting a child’s needs during these earlystages creates emotional stability and security that is
needed for healthy brain development. Repeated
exposure to stressful events can affect the brain’s stress response, making it more reactive and less adaptive. With time a child may react as if danger is always present in their environment regardless of what
the presenting situation actually is.
Research has found that children exposed to violence or abuse, if left unaddressed or ignored, are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems in the future. Children who are abused may not be able to
express their feelings safely and as a result, may
develop difficulties regulating their emotions. As adults, they may continue to struggle with their feelings, which
can lead to depression or anxiety.
The following are some of possible effects of child
abuse and neglect on a child’s mental health:
✔Academic problems in school-aged children and
✔Withdrawn and/or difficulty connecting with
The overall impact of abuse also depends on the child’s
natural reactions to stress and ways of coping with
Other factors can include age at which the trauma occurred, previous exposure to unrelated traumatic incidents and extent of therapy or
timing of intervention.
Children are more physically susceptible to injury than adults as their bodies are still in development. When a
child is being physically abused or neglected some of these injuries are apparent. However, there are times when a perpetrator is careful not to leave marks or injuries that are visible so that the abuse is not discovered.
Being able to recognize the physical effectsof abuse can be crucial in identifying an abusive
situation and taking steps to protect a child from further abuse or neglect.
These are some common effects observed in children who have been physically or sexually abused and/or
✔Bruises, welts or swelling
✔Sprains or fractures
✔Lacerations or abrasions
✔Difficulty in walking or sitting
✔Torn, stained or bloody clothing
✔Pain or itching in the genital area; bruises or
bleeding in the external genital area
✔Sexually transmitted infections or diseases
✔Lack of adequate supervision, nutrition or
Children may develop these as ways to cope with
complex trauma, or perhaps even to forget or suppress
the traumatizing memories.
Possible emotional and behavioral effects of trauma include:
✔Risky sexual decision-making
✔Discomfort with physical touch
For more information, learn about the signs of child
abuse and neglect here.
Effects on children who witness domestic
The emotional toll on children who witness threats or violence against others can be substantial, especially when those involved are familiar to the child and the violence takes place in the home.
Children may be affected when they witness domestic violence,
regardless of whether or not they are directly abused.
Current research has found that children exposed to
domestic violence are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems, including anxiety, depression and academic problems. The research also suggests that
some children who have witnessed domestic violence show no symptoms of psychological distress.
Children’s responses may depend on the severity and
frequency of the abuse, the availability of family and
community support, and the child’s resilience. Once their safety is assured, most children can overcome the effects of trauma through professional counseling or other supportive interventions.
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