Any kind of violence that occurs behind four walls between two people in a relationship can be categorised as domestic violence.
Violence and the threat of violence at home creates fear and can destroy normal family functioning. Violence in the home also affects children. Children and Elders don’t have to see the violence to be affected by it.
Living with domestic violence can cause physical and emotional harm to children and young people.
Children and young people who live with domestic violence are more likely to display aggressive behaviour, experience anxiety, have reduced social skills, suffer symptoms of depression and show emotional distress.
Optimal development For , children and young people need to grow up in a secure and nurturing environment. Where domestic or family violence exists, the home is not safe or secure and chilldren are scared about what might happen to them and the people they love.
Studies show that children who have witnessed domestic violence are more likely to:
show aggressive behaviour
develop phobias and insomnia
show symptoms of depression
have diminished self esteem
demonstrate poor academic performance and problem solving skills
have reduced social competence skills, including low levels of empathy
show emotional distress
have physical complaints.