Youth Art Contest

Hubbard House announces its first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence among youth.

The contest, open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21 and highlights Hubbard House’s newest prevention program WAVE (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time). The program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.

“Domestic violence prevention is an important step to ending the cycle of abuse.  Prevention ensures that youth will understand the importance of living without violence in their lives and to seek healthy relationships” said Laine Reinecke-Clayton, Hubbard House Community Education Manager. “This art contest is a fun way for youth to get involved and help raise awareness with this critical effort.”

Visit www.hubbardhouse.org/hh/special.aspx for the official entry form and contest rules. One grand prize winner will receive a party for 10 at Jungle Quest, an indoor facility for kids that offers rock climbing, zip lines, tree houses and more.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

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Peace Begins at Home

Children are like sponges, they hear, see and feel everything especially when it comes to domestic violence.  They often reflect any behaviors they see at home.

Hubbard House wants to remind parents about the effects of domestic violence on children.

Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to develop social, emotional, psychological and/or behavioral problems. These problems can effect a child’s development and can continue into adulthood. Boys are at greater risk of learning that the use of violence can be a strategy to facilitate their needs and wants and often try to intimidate and bully others in social situations. Girls tend to be at risk of learning that violence is normal and as a result they’ll be more apt to accept violence within their relationships.

Children react differently to abuse depending on age and gender. Some of the common effects domestic violence has on children are:

PRESCHOOLERS

  • General fearfulness
  • Stomach aches
  • Nightmares

OLDER CHILDREN

  • Poor social skills
  • Low self-esteem
  • Violent outbursts, bullying

TEENAGERS

  • Poor judgment
  • Low self-esteem
  • Runaways

Children who witness abuse are also at risk of academic failure, delinquency, arrest and other negative outcomes.

Statistics show that there are 10 million American children at risk from exposure to domestic violence annually.  If there’s no intervention, the cycle of domestic violence will never end. 

Hubbard House provides safety and programs for domestic violence victims and their children. 

Hubbard House’s Helping Kids At Risk program (HARK) is a 12-week course for children between the ages 4 to 17, designated to empower children from abusive homes by teaching them anger management skills, non-violent behavior conflict resolution, and respect for others. HARK focuses on breaking the cycle of future occurrences of domestic violence.

Every child deserves to have a happy home and the right to feel safe.  No child deserves to witness or to be abused. 

For more information on the HARK program please call (904) 400-6300.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House domestic violence hotline at 904-354-3114 or 1-800-500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Hubbard House is a nationally recognized leader in domestic violence intervention. Founded in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic child care, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By Linda Cedillo