THE WITNESS CHILD “is every child who lives in an environment where the parent or a care taker is being abused or maltreated.”
- Witnessing abusive behaviors the parent or care taker subject to.
- Using a child as a defense wall from abusive behaviors that the parent or care taker is facing.
- Using the child as a spy for the abusive parent or care taker.
- Forcing a child to participate in the abuse.
The impact of practicing abuse and violence towards children
The abuse factors connect and interfere together to become a part of the child growth characteristics, his/her self perception, and life.
Abuse and Maltreatment leaves short term and long term effects on victims, the intensity of the impact is related to several factors such as: the type of practiced abuse, its duration, the nature of the abuse, the relation or closeness of the abuser to the victim, the age of the child victim, his or her character, and self capacities to deal with crisis and surrounding environment. It is also affected by the quality of support and encouragement the child got from his family or other resources during his / her life.
Abuse leaves health, psychological, physical, and behavioral scars on the victim child.
Studies indicates that in some cases abuse can cause fatal injuries to a child or chronic severe disabilities that might affect the child all his life. As long as the duration of the abuse gets longer, more severe, and if the abuser is more closer to the victim, then the short term and long term impacts are more intense.
Here is a short film called “CHILDREN SEE, CHILDREN DO.”
ARE PARENTS AWARE OF HOW THEY MIGHT AFFECT AND RISK THEIR CHILDREN?
Picture #1 :Parenting – Fight the Right Way
Picture #2 : Fr Anthony Messeh, Finding God in Everyday life.
NAPCAN, Preventing Child Abuse. Children See, Children Do. Youtube.
Hakim, Yoad Ghanadry. Our Children and How We Protect Them? Palestine: Qader for Community Development, 2013. Print.