Domestic Violence Destroys Children

by bfitz3 on Avril 14, 2014 - 8:31pm

April 14, 2014

Domestic Violence Destroys Children

                The article that I chose to write about discusses the effects that domestic violence has on young children. Thornton (2014) describes how domestic violence creates an atmosphere of secrecy and intimacy for the child. The data that was collected for this research problem comes from eight children between 5 and 9 years old that took place in structured interviews. The major findings were that the child feels like they can’t tell anyone about the problems that go on at home and they are very likely to be naturally timid and scared. They feel like they can’t go to their parents for help and emotional support about anything. Domestic violence restricts young children from making their voices heard. Thornton (2014) explains how this study gave young children who have been victims of domestic violence the opportunity to share their emotional worlds through play and drawing assessments.  Thornton (2014) concluded that domestic violence generates a range of negatively and overwhelming emotion for young children. It was also concluded that the presence of a trusted adult is essential for the child to be able to share their emotions. These conclusions are evidence in the article of how the study was successful in finalizing the effects domestic violence has on young children.

                The element that I will use to evaluate the article is assumption. The writer does show sensitivity to the topic. The article opens up with a statement that says children who live with domestic violence represent a significantly disempowered group. I agree with the author and I think anyone else who is part of a close family can agree as well. I do not suffer from domestic violence but even the thought of hurting my own wife and kids makes me sick. These young children can be affected for the rest of their lives due to domestic violence at a young age. Something that many people don’t understand is that domestic violence can come from the mother or father it is not just male dominant. The experiment conducted in the article gave the young children a chance to share their emotions. This is one step in limiting domestic violence and one day hopefully ending it.



Thornton, T. (2014). Understanding the emotional impact of domestic violence on young children.     Education and Child Psychology, 31, 90-100.

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