Whether or not children are physically abused, they often suffer emotional and psychological trauma from living in homes where their fathers abuse their mothers.Children whose mothers are abused are denied the kind of home life that fosters healthy development.These children become physically, emotionally and psychologically abandoned.What behaviors do children who witness domestic violence exhibit?Abusers typically play into this by putting the mother down in front of her children and telling them that their mother is “crazy” or “stupid” and that they do not have to listen to her.Seeing their mothers treated with enormous disrespect, teaches children that they can disrespect women the way their fathers do.Most experts believe that children who are raised in abusive homes learn that violence is an effective way to resolve conflicts and problems.They may replicate the violence they witnessed as children in their teen and adult relationships and parenting experiences.
Others may be injured while trying to intervene on behalf of their mother or a sibling.
They may also become angry at their siblings or their mother for triggering the abuse.
They may feel rage, embarrassment, and humiliation. They are starved for attention, affection and approval.
The behavioral responses of children who witness domestic violence may include acting out, withdrawal, or anxiousness to please.
The children may exhibit signs of anxiety and have a short attention span which may result in poor school performance and attendance.