Playgrounds, sports, crafts, and pool days are all great childhood memories; however, for an estimated 3 million children, their childhood isn’t so idyllic because they are victims of or witnesses to domestic violence. Even if they are not abused, they are still greatly affected.
Many children are reluctantly dragged into this destructive lifestyle because they have no say or way to escape. Children naturally rely on their parents for security and safety. In cases where domestic violence is present, the security and safety children rely on is compromised.
Children exposed to violence are more likely to develop social, emotional, psychological and behavioral problems than those who are not. In fact, it is statistically proven that children affected show more anxiety, low self esteem, depression, passiveness, lying, and anger issues. These children are affected socially also. They tend to isolate themselves, have more anger issues and engage in unhealthy relationships. In some cases, these children can also be affected physically. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 30 to 60 percent of perpetrators of partner abuse also abuse the children in the household.
Before these children have to suffer, we want to create an end to this violence. Together we can all do our part to make sure these children get their innocence back.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.
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 6,000 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.
By Lana Schack