Effects of Abuse on Children

Effects of Abuse on Children

Effects On Children

Children will naturally want to defend and protect if someone they love is in danger and they may lash out at the perpetrator. As a result, the perpetrator may retaliate causing physical or emotional trauma to the children. Consequently, this could leave the child with feelings of responsibility for not stopping the incident.

This could lead to personality defects, difficulties with long term relationships and fear of the opposite sex. Behaviours like fear of rejection, won’t leave mother, being withdrawn or extreme anger issues as well as being overly protective of the person who is suffering the abuse in the home.

Children may find themselves in a downward spiral experiencing low self-esteem, with the possibility of turning to alcohol or drugs or going into care.

Indicators that a Child is Suffering from Abuse

  • Abused, beaten, unexplained bruising
  • Frightened
  • Anger Issues
  • Nightmares
  • Bed Wetting
  • Stammering
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bad attitudes
  • Self-harm
  • Drug Abuse
  • Alcohol Misuse
  • School work effected
  • Underachieving
  • Overachieving