Children are often exposed to violent fathers being aggressive and abusing the mother. Children are left perplexed because they do not know why is it happening and cannot ask their mother or anybody else because they are terrified. Children are innocent and they get affected easily, so a mild altercation may also impact them. It poses a serious threat to emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of a child. There are also times when children witness violent physical abuse inflicted on their father. All these instances of chronic violence can lead to the following effects on the child:
- Withdrawal symptoms – not showing interest in anything, not playing with anybody or even talking to anybody.
- The child may start bullying others or express aggression in behaviour. This serves as an escape route.
- The child can suffer from nightmares and bed-wetting. Abrupt crying spells during sleep or staying up all night are effects of domestic violence.
- The child suffers from loss of appetite and refuses to eat even their favorite food.
- The child may suffer from physical ailments such as stomach aches, headaches, irregular bowel movements, common cold.
- Witnessing domestic violence can also lead to psychological disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and fluctuating attention spans.
- Infants often whine or cling on to their mothers for security. They cannot understand what is happening and express fear through their constant whining.
Violence is not a way to punish your kids. You can scold your kid and punish them by not letting them play or give milder forms of punishment. Hitting them with scale, sticks, or scaring them is not a solution. That will only fetch adverse effects by traumatising the child and making them more vulnerable. Children feel secured at home in the warm company of parents. If that security and comfort is taken away from them, they are left on their own and that often leads to devastating results.