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Don't Let Violent Behavior
be Taught in Your Home

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If I were to tell you that violent behavior begins in your home, you may be shocked! Sadly though, this statement is very real and quite accurate.

Parents are the first - and primary - role models that children have while they are growing up. The values and behaviors that are imbued upon children during their formative years are imprinted with memories that last a lifetime.

As the leader in your family, it is up to teach your children well.

Abusive homes are the exact opposite of what a well-rounded, loving home looks like, but if your kids are raised in a household where abusive language and abusive behaviors occur frequently, this is what your children will grow up thinking to be correct.

Children who are raised in an abusive environment come to view this type of treatment in the home as being "normal". They might even have troubles comprehending what a non-abusive adult relationship is supposed to be.

According to statistics, about 82% of children each year witness violence at home. Obviously, this can have an adverse effect on their young minds. It was discovered that there's a 15% likelihood that these children will become abusive when they grow up.

It's important to keep in mind that most relationships are not abusive in the early stages. You can ask many of the victims about how their relationship started, and they would tell you happy stories about their first date or a weekend getaway they took together.

The abusive behavior usually comes later. Especially after the newness of the relationship wears off and the concerns of everyday life start to become stressful in the relationship.

It is important to keep in mind that physical violence is not the only kind of violence your children can witness. Name calling and belittling your family members are also forms of abuse, as these things lower self-esteem. These thoughtless and damaging words can cause damage that is difficult to repair in a child and also teaches them that it is OK to treat others in this fashion.

In turn, this could result in them having troubles with other kids at their school or being classified as a bully. Over time, the damages of living in an abusive home could contribute to your child turning to drugs, alcohol, gangs or criminal activity as a way to cope with these childhood memories.

You have the power to stop this from happening by not putting up with abusive behavior in your home, especially when your kids are young. By stopping the violence in your home, you are putting your children on a better life path.

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