Protect Our Children and Their Future: Report Domestic Violence
Updated: Mar 16, 2019
“Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.” -- Herbert Ward
Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. Ever. Period. But it does - and when it does, there is help. Studies indicate that the abuse of children often follows the abuse of their mother. More than half the children in violent homes become targets of abuse. No one is exactly sure how many children see or experience domestic violence in the United States. Estimates vary from 3,000,000 to 10,000,000 each year.
Even if children are not abused, watching the abuse of their mother inflicts tremendous damage. These children they may have emotional and behavior problems which can devastate them for their entire lives.
Signs to Look for
Children react to their environment in different ways, and reactions can vary depending on the child's gender and age.
Children exposed to family violence are more likely to develop social, emotional, psychological and or behavioral problems than those who are not. Recent research indicates that children who witness domestic violence show more anxiety, low self esteem, depression, anger and temperament problems than children who do not witness violence in the home. Unfortunately, some of these issues can continue into adulthood.
Get Help Today!
If you know someone whom you think is being abused - a friend, family member, co-worker, client, parishioner or child - please consider contacting one of the agencies listed below to discuss ways to safely help them.
Domestic Violence Hotlines:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
The Crisis Center of North Alabama Crisis Line: (256) 716-1000
Safeplace: Florence Crisis Line: (256) 767-6210 Crisis Line
YWCA Domestic Violence Services Birmingham Crisis Line: (205) 322 4878
Crisis Center of North Alabama, 310 South Marion Street, Athens, AL
YWCA Domestic Violence Services Birmingham, 309 23rd St. North, Birmingham, AL
If you are a victim of domestic violence contact the Spencer Wright Law Firm's experienced Family lawyers to learn how we can help you.