Domestic Violence

Unveiling The Hidden Trauma of Domestic Violence On Children

Domestic violence is a widespread problem that has an enormous global impact. Children very frequently find themselves unintentionally trapped in the middle of violence, either watching it or suffering its effects in their own households. In this article, we aim to raise awareness of the significant and long-lasting impacts that domestic violence may have on children, both during their formative years and well into adulthood. In order to develop successful intervention techniques and offer support to these at-risk young people, it is essential to comprehend these consequences.

Children are exposed to domestic abuse whether physical, emotional, or sexual and families, regardless of their socioeconomic condition or cultural background, are impacted by this truth. 

Children who witness domestic violence suffer significant psychological and emotional trauma.  The chaos, terror, and hostility they observe at home disrupt their feeling of safety and this alters their young brains permanently and they frequently feel helpless, guilty, and ashamed. This ongoing conflict and violence and insecurity increase anxiety as they hold themselves responsible for the violence they witness, these kids frequently feel helpless, guilty, and ashamed.

Furthermore, being exposed to domestic violence has a negative impact on children’s cognitive development. Their ability to focus, learn, and retain knowledge is compromised by stress and turbulence, which negatively impacts their academic performance. These kids could have trouble building healthy connections, struggle with relations with others, and misbehave both at home and at school.

A child’s capacity to develop strong bonds with others and build trust is hampered by growing up in a culture where violence is accepted. Due to this, these kids may have difficulty forming close relationships. If not well managed and provided with a safe space to heal and express their hurt, they run a higher chance of being involved in violent relationships or becoming victims themselves as they become older. This feeds the cycle of violence.

In conclusion, children are severely and permanently impacted by domestic abuse. “The Epiphany” a film by Scolastica Thitai emerged as the winner in the 6th Edition of “My Kenya, My Story” the mobile phone film competition. The film unveils a story on domestic violence and how children, when empowered to speak up, can be the beginning of the road to recovery for themselves, their parents, and their communities.  

It is crucial that society take a stand against domestic violence by offering support networks and interventions to safeguard children and promote their healing. We may work to end the cycle of violence and build a better future for future generations by increasing awareness, putting preventive measures in place, and encouraging a loving environment.