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Don’t provide children with video games that focus on violence, such as attacks on property, people, or animals. Preventing Domestic Violence Effects of Abuse Victims of domestic abuse experience feelings of shame, fear, humiliation, and guilt. They often feel powerless to change their circumstances. Long-term effects of domestic abuse may include an inability to trust or establish healthy personal relationships. chronic physical pain. neglect of or injury to oneself, including suicide attempts. depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and eating disorders. abuse of alcohol and other drugs. It is critical that victims of domestic violence get outside help to deal with this extremely dangerous situation. Getting to a safe place is the first priority. Breaking the Cycle of Violence nvolvement in domestic violence is often a learned behavior. A I child who suffers or who witnesses abuse may view violence in the home as a normal way of life. As a result, the child may be more likely to become an adult who abuses others. In this way, domestic violence can cycle from one generation to the next. This pattern of repeating violent or abusive behaviors from one generation to the next is called the . The only way to break this cycle is to stop all forms of violence and abuse. Figure 11.2 provides suggestions for breaking the cycle of violence. cycle of violence 289 Lesson 3 Dealing with Family Crises To encourage an atmosphere of nonviolence at home: B REAKING THE C YCLE OF V IOLENCE You can help break the cycle of abuse. If you or someone you know is being abused . . . Tell a trusted adult (parent, other family member, teacher, school nurse or counselor, doctor). Ask this person to help you find a way to resolve the problem. Contact an abuse hot line or crisis center that can assist you in finding counselors or other forms of help. Report the abuse to the police. It may also be appropriate to contact child welfare or youth services. The Cycle of Violence Source: Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
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Avoiding Domestic Violence here are several strategies that can help you avoid and prevent T domestic violence. You can recall these strategies by remem- bering the three Rs. Recognize. Become aware of acts that are abusive. Remember that abuse takes many forms, including physical abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Resist. If anyone tries to harm you physically or abuse you in a sexual way, resist in any way you can. Be assertive and stand up for yourself. Run away from the abuser, and seek help from a trusted adult. Report. If someone treats you in an abusive manner, get away and tell someone about the incident as soon as you can. If you witness someone else being abused, report the abuse to the authorities or tell an adult who can help you.
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