Abuse Can Be Learned

 

All parents know they can pass on certain genetic traits to their children. Kids always have “grandma’s eyes” or “dad’s nose” or “Uncle Jim’s laugh” or any other of the thousands of physical and personality traits amongst their families. What many parents don’t know though is how well their children can learn and assimilate into their lives behavioral traits they see at home. It’s great when that’s a strong work ethic or unfailing honesty they learned from a parent, but in homes with domestic violence that learned behavior has the potential to turn into abuse.

Nationally one in three children that come from abusive homes will later abuse a spouse or child in their home as well. It’s a frightening statistic, but it’s just that – a statistic. There is hope for children that grow up with violence in the home, but action must be taken.  

They and the victim must be removed from a home of violence – whether it’s physical, sexual or verbal. Part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is realizing that if you’re part of an abusive home you don’t have to be anymore. There is always hope. If you need help in any situation, please call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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