Domestic violence is a very delicate topic in Illinois and throughout the United States. Children, often unaware of the situation, are especially affected by emotional distress during such incidents. In some circumstances the ideal situation is the removal of children from such homes, but that is not always possible.
Law enforcement officers often say that when they visit homes on receiving reports of domestic violence, they often find children shaken and confused because they do not understand what is going on. According to a local domestic violence specialist, of the 100 cases when police were called to the scene of a domestic violence incident in recent weeks, children were present in more than half the instances. A police official said that when children are present during such an incident, the family should be counseled to prevent future instances of domestic violence. The trauma caused to young children extends beyond just toddlers; even infants are affected with emotional distress.
According to research, when babies are sleeping, they are affected by angry voices. At that stage in a young person’s life, their brains are undergoing rapid growth. As the brain often replicates the emotional stress it encountered in its youth, they may repeat the violent patterns later in life.
There are many organizations that aid domestic violence victims, including My Sister’s House and Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), counseling both children and adult victims of domestic violence. In the end there are organizations, attorneys, doctors and other professionals that victims of domestic violence can reach out to for help in escaping their abusive relationships and starting the healing process.
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark, “Children often forgotten victims of domestic violence,” Donna Swicegood, July 1, 2014