The academic journal article that I have chosen is called “Engaging with children’s perspective on domestic violence”. This article explains the ranges of effects on children in a domestic violence household. It explains how domestic violence can effect the victims and how they feel. The victims can feel a sense of powerlessness, shame and guilt. In this article, the writer focuses that the mother and children are the victims majority of the time. He explains how mothers request some type of support with managing the effects of separation and help with contact arrangement. This points out that this is the practitioners should become more involved in the emotional stability of each family member after experiencing domestic violence. He also explains how social working must take more part on how the dynamics of a family separation and the contacts of both parents’ relationship on how they interact with violence. The children must also be taken account on how they interact with violence and abuse. According to the article, a child’s adjustment to their world can depend how the amount of violence he/she has been exposed to. I can agree to this part of the article because I believe that if you have come from a domestic violence household it does affect you in a great way. I do believe that domestic violence shouldn’t be part of anyone’s family but I also do believe that many people can take that disadvantage and become stronger individual beings. On a personal level, I can relate to this article because I do believe many people that have suffered from a domestic violence household can overcome this horrible experience but also become very strong, independent and loving people. According to this article, domestic violence occurs more in places with low income, poverty, substance abuse, parental mental health, and other forms of child abuse. There was a study done according to the article talks about 19 participants from the ages of 10 to 19. Eight were male and eleven were female. Eight out of the 19 were still in contact with their perpetrator. Between them there survivors had 26 children who most of whom still had some type of contact with the perpetrator. This can help explain that although the experience of domestic violence can be over within the family, there may still be some type of relationship. Especially when there are children involved there may have to be some type of connection between the parents. The article also explained how domestic violence can impact children and young people. Young adults and children may be described as developing nervousness, depression and anxiety. Survivors of domestic violence can be highlighted as having angry and aggressive behavior. They can also being perceived to imitate what perpetrator had done to them. As for example, a father domestically abused his wife and children. Once he leaves the house, the older son takes his role and becomes abusive and aggressive. Domestic violence has forced children and young adults to “grow up” at a fast pace along with adult roles and responsibilities. I can relate to this part of the article because personally I had to grow up quickly with adult responsibilities due to this subject. I do believe many young adults are going through the same situation and it is possible to survive through such a bad experience.
In the second article called, “Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System” explains the impact that domestic violence has on children. They explain when a children has experience some type of abuse they have a greater chance of higher levels of anger, hostility, oppositional behavior, and disobedience; fear and withdrawal, social relationships; and low self-esteem. These are called the behavioral and emotional problems a child would develop throughout their life. In the cognitive and attitudinal problems, children would most likely to experience difficulties in school and score lower on assessments
of verbal, motor, and cognitive skills. Slower cognitive development, lack of conflict resolution skills. The long-term problems would be that when they become older they are more likely to participate in domestic violence as adults and the females are
more likely to be victims. In the U.S, the risk of death due to domestic abuse has increased as well. I can agree with this article as well because it points out many important factors due to domestic violence. Many people may not experience this in their life, which makes it hard to understand the situation. In reality many face this problem on a everyday basis, it isn’t easy but there are quite many that survive and achieve many accomplishments just like someone who hasn’t experienced domestic abuse. It is important to give attention to these type of situations especially to practitioners because many more people can overcome this horrific situation with their help.