They may feel rage, embarrassment, and humiliation. They are starved for attention, affection and approval.
Many abused women define the psychological effects of domestic abuse as having a ‘more profound effect on their lives- even where there have been life-threatening or disabling physical violence .
Despite this, there is almost always pressure to define domestic abuse in terms of actual or threatened, physical violence.
Children who are exposed to battering become fearful and anxious.
They are always on guard, watching and waiting for the next event to occur.
Seeing their mothers treated with enormous disrespect, teaches children that they can disrespect women the way their fathers do.
Most experts believe that children who are raised in abusive homes learn that violence is an effective way to resolve conflicts and problems.
What behaviors do children who witness domestic violence exhibit?
The emotional responses of children who witness domestic violence may include fear, guilt, shame, sleep disturbances, sadness, depression, and anger (at both the abuser for the violence and at the mother for being unable to prevent the violence).
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It can mean HEARING threats or fighting noises from another room.