Family Violence & Neglect

Domestic violence, or family violence, generally refers to the physical assault of children and women. This is generally carried out by a male relative, such as a father/husband, or boyfriend. The man is using violence as a means to control his children and his partner. He believes that it’s a male prerogative, something that he has no control over. Or, he may believe that his family is to blame for his behavior. Women can also be guilty of family violence, however, it’s unusual for violent women to show violence on the same scale as violent men have.

family violenceThe Signs of Family Violence During Childhood:

A child that has experienced or witnessed family violence is at risk of:
• Learning difficulties.
• Aggressive behavior, and language.
• Emotional and behavioral difficulties.
• Anxiety, depression, and restlessness.
• Long-term problems with development.

The Signs of Family Violence During Adulthood:

Adults who are exposed to domestic violence during their childhood carry that legacy with them. They deal with the symptoms related to their trauma, as well as the developmental delays. Women who experienced abuse during childhood are more likely to experience abuse in their adult lives, while men who experienced violence during childhood are more likely to commit offenses in their adult lives.
Additionally, the presence of stress throughout their lives, and the trauma that they have experienced leaves them at increased risk for mental health problems, and substance abuse issues.


Almost a million children experience neglect every year in the United States. Over 70% of the children who die as a result of child abuse, are from neglect. That equates to over a thousand children dying due to neglect every year. Neglect can refer to a number of circumstances, where the parent or caregiver, fails to provide adequately for the needs of a child:
• Failure to provide adequate clothing, food, and shelter.
• Failure to ensure the child is attending school regularly.
• Failure to ensure the child has access to appropriate medical care.
• Failure to show appropriate legal and moral guidance.
• Failure to exercise adequate control and supervision over the child.
• Failure to provide the child with support, care, and love.

Unfortunately, a contentious aspect of neglect is that it can also be related to socioeconomic status. A lot of parents are unable to meet the demands that have been outlined above, because they do not have the money to do so.

Parents who lack finances are more likely to have contact with welfare services, which means their parenting practices are closely scrutinized. It’s more likely then, that they are subject to reports of neglect or abuse. This has led to poor families, and communities, to be stigmatized as epicenters of child neglect and abuse. In truth, adults who make retrospective reports about the abuses that they experienced during childhood come from rich families, as well as poor ones. Neglect occurs across every socioeconomic background.

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