Domestic violence is an all too common occurrence that usually lurks in the shadows of familial life. For a number of reasons, many people choose not to talk about domestic violence. A lot of times they are afraid of what could happen to them. However, there are a lot of times when parents worry about how domestic violence affects their children. In these circumstances, parents need to speak up and be the voice for their children.
Domestic violence can have a profound impact on children
Children exposed to domestic violence, whether by witnessing it or hearing it, can be impacted in a lot of different ways. They include the following:
- Development of anxiety and depression that can affect their day-to-day functioning
- Increased risk of physical abuse
- Onset of fear for what will happen to loved ones who live in the home, as well as himself or herself
- Development of aggressive behaviors
- Social isolation
- Regression in developmental behaviors
- A sense of shame and guilt due to an inability to protect loved ones
- Poor school performance
Don’t let your child be irreparably harmed
Exposure to domestic violence can have long-term consequences for your child. Therefore, you shouldn’t just sit back and allow your child to be subjected to it. Instead, be proactive in protecting your child by seeking an appropriate custody order or modification. Doing so might be the only way to ensure your child’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
To successfully do so, you’ll need evidence demonstrating how your child custody plan protects your child’s best interests. This probably means gathering evidence of domestic violence, whether through witness accounts or criminal records, and showing a judge how that puts your child at risk. If you want to make sure that you have the strongest arguments possible, then consider discussing your case with an attorney who is experienced in handling these matters.