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How does domestic violence affect children?

Many people in Georgia settle their disputes through violence. This is not the best way to settle disputes though and that is why it is illegal. People who harm others can be charged with a number of different crimes depending on the severity of the violence used in a particular incident. This violence is used in confrontations with strangers as well as those who live in the same home as the perpetrator or are in a familial relationship with the victim.

Domestic violence can be very detrimental to the person who is harmed, but it can also be very detrimental to others in the home, including children, who are not physically harmed through the violence. The degree of the effect that the violence may have on the children depends on their exposure to the violence, the severity of the violence and frequency, but it can have both short and long-term effects on the children.

The short-term effects include, but are not limited to, PTSD, aggressive behavior, separation anxiety, concentration problems, desensitization to other violence, sleep problems and others. The long-term effects include but are not limited to, a propensity to use violence in their own relationships as they grow older, a propensity for a negative world view, academic issues, increased risk for depression and anxiety, trouble with authority and others. Some of these effects can be corrected though if there is a period after the violence when they are not exposed to any more violence.

Domestic violence causes many different problems for people and families in Georgia. There are things victims can do to try and protect themselves from future violence though. One option is obtaining a protective order to prevent further contact between the perpetrator and the victim of the violence. Through these orders, the victim may also be able to obtain custody of the children to try and prevent and further violence from occurring. Experienced attorneys understand the detrimental effects of domestic violence and may be able to help one achieve safety.

Source:, "Georgia Domestic Violence Benchbook" accessed on June 5, 2017

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