Domestic Violence and Children

Cindy Best

It’s the holiday season and it is not a nice time to talk about domestic violence. But truly it is never a “nice” time to talk about domestic violence. But it is depressing and it is traumatic and it is something that causes great pain to the adult victims involved and to the children. It involves the children even if the violence is not directed at them. How can that be? There are a thousand stories about how can that be: and here is just one of them. A mother who was the victim of domestic violence went back to the abuser with her two young children. She was arrested and ended up in juvenile court where the state is trying to sever her rights to her children (the father is also going through the same process). So, now instead of dealing with being the victim of domestic violence, she is dealing with being the victim of domestic violence and also trying to keep her children. It spiraled. It is traumatic for the kids. She is not alone. She is getting help. She does not have to live this way. There is hope for this mother in this holiday season. Better yet, there is hope for her children.

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