Glenda - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi this was sort of a follow on from another topic about when to report sexual abuse of children and there had been a comment about the level of domestic (verbal and physical) abuse in some homes which over short and long periods has a cumulative affect on the child, their behaviour, their sense of self, their brain development (read Dr Bruce Perry's work interesting....). I note that a lot of people seem quick to say they would report sexual abuse, what about where they know a friend or family member or even themselves are exposing their children to threats, violence, verbal and physical abuse, in the home - would they report that as well ? or how do people feel about what type of impact it has.
In our State the victim does not get a choice (eg mostly the mother) about whether she reports the violence or not, Police can charge the offender without her consent. Is it not the right of the children to be protected from harm ? and what do people feel/ think about women who continue to have relationships with abusive men in front of their children ? or worse still know that the abusive man physically and emotionally harms their children, yet continues the relationship ?