What are the feelings of children who are exposed to battering?Children who are exposed to battering become fearful and anxious.
They are always on guard, watching and waiting for the next event to occur.
They never know what will trigger the abuse, and therefore, they never feel safe.
Children who grow up observing their mothers being abused, especially by their fathers, grow up with a role model of intimate relationships in which one person uses intimidation and violence over the other person to get their way.
Because children have a natural tendency to identify with strength, they may ally themselves with the abuser and lose respect for their seemingly helpless mother.
Children from violent homes have higher risks of alcohol/drug abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and juvenile delinquency.
Witnessing domestic violence is the single best predictor of juvenile delinquency and adult criminality.Most experts believe that children who are raised in abusive homes learn that violence is an effective way to resolve conflicts and problems.They may replicate the violence they witnessed as children in their teen and adult relationships and parenting experiences.Some children may also experience physical or sexual abuse or neglect.Others may be injured while trying to intervene on behalf of their mother or a sibling.Children may also OBSERVE the aftermath of physical abuse such as blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing, and broken items.