At present, domestic violence is regarded as a serious problem cutting across all strata of society and families affected by it are present in every segment of society. Children who have been exposed to domestic violence are their present every day in schools, day-care centers interacting with other children. Though domestic violence cuts across the economic divide, studies have shown that children from poorer families are more vulnerable to domestic violence. The paper seeks to summarize the backdrop of household violence and its subsequent consequences on children and what can be done to bring about the rehabilitation of such children.
Through no fault of theirs, children become direct or indirect witnesses/ victims of domestic violence with far-reaching consequences. In the majority of cases, the results are not very pleasant and what has to be remembered is that these very troubled individuals go on to make an integral component of society. What kind of society can we expect if it is composed of emotionally disturbed individuals? The vicious cycle will carry on if the problem is not addressed at the core level, that of educating society about the harmful effects of violence in any form, especially on children.
Children absorb from their environment and if the living environment is not conducive to healthy relationships between adults, the negative impact on children can be considerable. Children go on to become adults and if their earlier exposure to relationships between adults has been based on mistrust and violence, they carry these images with them even in adulthood with the result of being unable to form meaningful, sustaining relationships with an adult. To tackle this growing menace, there are governmental as well as non-governmental organizations which are actively involved in handling cases of domestic violence not only in relation to the actual victims but also in regards to the innocent, indirect victims of this abusive behavior, that is, the children of that particular household.
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