Domestic violence: Giving voice to children

October 14, 2012 • Local News

Domestic violence is the silent killer because the victims rarely speak of it, even if they have escaped their circumstances, for fear of retaliation. The children of domestic violence are also among the silent victims. These children are more likely to be abused and neglected by both the beleaguered spouse and by the abusive one. Even if a child is not physically harmed, he may be emotionally scarred.

One child survivor was willing to speak of her experiences. She said that some images, some memories remain burned indelibly in her brain. “I remember being awakened in the middle of the night and being brought out to witness beatings. One image stays with me. My father kneeling on my mother’s chest as she lay on the ground and he punched her repeatedly. Blood dripped from her mouth and her eyes were already turning purple with the bruises. As he Login to read more

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