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Violence During Childhood and Adolescence

When a child is born he or she is completely dependent on their caregivers to teach them about what it means to be a human being. Children need to develop close attachments with a parent who they can trust to take care of their every need. If a child is not properly stimulated and cared for, they will grow to see the world as a cold and uninviting place. Parents are disengaged with their children; while victims are often solely concerned with self-survival and abusers focusing on maintaining control and power, children are left behind. Children develop low self-esteem, engaging in sibling violence and anti-social behavior. If there is a constant violence in their life, they can develop behavior problems and health issues in response to their environment. Behaviors and health issues include:

Behaviors & Health Issues:

  • Abuse drugs/alcohol
  • Aggression/anger/hostility
  • Belief in rigid stereotypes and gender privilege
  • Clinging to parents or teachers
  • Depression
  • Eating problems
  • Engage in delinquent behavior
  • Feeling responsible for the family
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor conflict resolution skills
  • Poor peer, sibling and social relationships
  • Poor school performance
  • Running away from home
  • Sleeping problems (bed wetting & nightmares)

The sooner the child is away from the violence, the sooner they can begin a healing process. The Marjaree Mason Center has a variety of classes, facilities, and individuals who are dedicated to helping children through this healing process. If you and your family, or the family of a loved one is experiencing domestic violence call Marjaree Mason Center’s 24 hour confidential hotline at 559.233.HELP (4357).

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