New research recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry captures how domestic violence can have a lasting impact on those kids who witness it in their homes.
A resident of California who is being harassed, threatened, sexually or physically abused or stalked may find that taking out a protective order is one way to try to keep the person responsible at a safe distance. Protective orders can be taken out against a variety of individuals, including family members and those living in the same home.
Safety Through Connection is a new initiative that has been launched by Prevention Institute (PI) to help curb rates of domestic violence among some of California's most at-risk populations. The Oakland nonprofit plans to provide $50,000 to five different community organizations that have been successful in effectuating change among these populations on issues other than domestic violence.
Domestic violence is nothing more than a type of control one person uses over another. It could be physical violence, financial control or emotional abuse. It is well-understood that it is destructive behavior that harms not only the people directly involved but also those who witness it.
Many victims of domestic violence do not realize that they are being victimized. They are just too consumed by their relationship, and the hope that things will get better, and they can't get an objective read on the situation. In fact, it can take years of abuse before a victim wakes up to the fact that he or she has the right to protect him- or herself by leaving the relationship. Even then, once the decision has been made, it could be dangerous to try to leave a violent spouse.
It's never easy to hear stories about domestic violence happening in a home. The instinctive human reaction is to protect the individuals being abused. The problem is, if the victims of domestic violence are still trapped in the throes of a complicated love union, they may not be ready for help. Ultimately, every victim of domestic violence needs to wake up (on their own time) and realize that the full force of California law is on their side.
Survivors of domestic abuse often have difficulties ahead of them, but one group that is often overlooked is that of Asian survivors. Many of these survivors are women, and they have special hurdles because of stereotypes and other problems obtaining assistance.
Domestic violence affects thousands of people every year, ranging from small children to the elderly. The good news for those who are abused is that there are ways to help yourself get out of that dangerous situation and on the path to healing.
If you're a victim of domestic violence, one of the things you may want to know is what kind of legal protections there are for you. The most common protection is a protective order. This is an order that requires the accused abuser to stay away from you, your home, your school and your workplace.
Cases of domestic violence are some of the most devastating. For children, domestic violence has an immediate impact. Whether the violence is against them or someone else, the trauma is a very real part of their lives now and in the future.