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In the last track, we discussed the Cycle of Violence as it related to four Anger Release Techniques of write a letter, pound on the bed, shred paper, and scream into a pillow.
In this track, we will discuss children in violent homes who experience the Double Dose. The Double Dose of domestic violence is not only witnessing abuse, but also being abused.
may know, the symptoms of children who have witnessed abuse are very similar to
children who have been abused themselves. As you also may be aware, studies indicate
that the traumatic effects on children witnessing domestic violence are equally
as harmful as the effects of child abuse. In 30-60% of the homes where women are
abused, the children are abused as well. Some estimate that at least half the
men that batter their partners also abuse their children.
have found the symptoms of children who experience the Double Dose of witnessing
abuse and being abused, to be more pronounced than those just witnessing the abuse.
#1 Decreased Empathy
Exercise: Empathy Journal
As you know, for children like Samantha, this fear of impending danger often affects their sleeping and waking life. Samantha suffered more hyper-vigilance at night. We discussed some basic relaxation techniques that could help her fall back to sleep. I also suggested that she softly play a CD of her favorite music when she went to bed at night. That way the music could drown out the sounds that may wake her, and if she did wake up, she would hear her calming music and perhaps not be so frightened. Does your Samantha have a favorite CD she might play to assist her with her hyper-vigilant state?
#3 Fear of Retaliation
this track, we discussed the double dose results of decreased empathy, hyper-vigilance,
and fear of retaliation that children who both experience as well as witness abuse.
Think for a moment. You have received five techniques on this track. Would any
be beneficial enough at some point in time to replay this track to review the
techniques of an Empathy Journal, CD as a sleep aid, stuffed animals, pets for
comfort, or the client calling a friend?
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Salzer, M. S., Berg, K. L., Kaplan, K., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2021). Custody challenges experienced by parents with serious mental illnesses outside of child protective services proceedings. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 44(2), 197–200.
Skinner, L., Gavidia-Payne, S., Brown, S., & Giallo, R. (2019). Mechanisms underlying exposure to partner violence and children’s emotional-behavioral difficulties. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(6), 730–741.
Walker, A., Lyall, K., Silva, D., Craigie, G., Mayshak, R., Costa, B., Hyder, S., & Bentley, A. (2020). Male victims of female-perpetrated intimate partner violence, help-seeking, and reporting behaviors: A qualitative study. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 21(2), 213–223.
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