When experiencing the trauma of domestic violence as an adult, an additional concern is always how that experience is affecting the children. Domestic violence has major effects on the wellbeing of children; emotionally, psychologically and physically. According to an article published on Domestic Shelters, domestic violence can impact children in the following ways;
- Risky health behaviors
- Chronic health conditions
- Shorter life expectancy
However, it is possible to help a child overcome the adverse effects of domestic violence, and this can be done through the intervention of caregivers. Children need to experience that caring and positive relationships are possible and by intervening an adult can help them see and experience this.
Here are some of the ways that adults can help children who have experienced domestic violence:
- Spend time with them.
- Check in regularly.
- Let the child lead.
- Link children with things they love.
- Be a role model.
- Build calm, stable environments.
These are just some of the ways that adults can help. For the full article, with more tips and detail on the tips indicated above, click here.