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Many battered women have had to forgo financial security during divorce proceedings to avoid further abuse.
As a result they are impoverished as they grow older.
One-third of the children who witness the battering of their mothers demonstrate significant behavioral and/or emotional problems, including psychosomatic disorders, stuttering, anxiety and fears, sleep disruption, excessive crying and school problems. The tragic reality is that anytime a mother is abused by her partner, the children are also affected in both overt and subtle ways. When a mother is abused, the children may feel guilty that they cannot protect her, or that they are the cause of the strife.
Those boys who witness their fathers' abuse of their mothers are more likely to inflict severe violence as adults. They may themselves be abused, or neglected while the mother attempts to deal with the trauma.
Witnessing domestic violence is the single best predictor of juvenile delinquency and adult criminality.
Some children may also experience physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
They may experience developmental delays in speech, motor or cognitive skills.
They may also use violence to express themselves displaying increased aggression with peers or mother.
Battered women suffer physical and mental problems as a result of domestic violence.They may feel confusion, stress, fear, shame, or think that they caused the problem.Children grow up learning that it's okay to hurt other people or let other people hurt them.Others may be injured while trying to intervene on behalf of their mother or a sibling.Witnessing can mean SEEING actual incidents of physical/and or sexual abuse.
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.