5 Myths About Childhood Violence

Witnessing domestic violence is also a major reason behind childhood violence or child abuse, which include bullying, controlling, violent behavior among the elders and threatening. But domestic violence is not limited to physical violence only as it can be sexual, psychological, emotional or financial.

The abuser can either be a man or a woman but that doesn’t have any relationship with the severe impact this violence has on a child’s mind. Witnessing violence at home, especially when it is considered to be the safest place for a child on earth, can really distress a child by developing a permanent fear in the child’s mind. Such children are the weakest targets for succumbing to illegal activities which include drug addiction, theft, rape, abduction and many more. But there does exists some myths around witnessing and understanding violence in childhood. Let’s have a look at them:

Myth 1 – Young children are least Affected

This is one of the biggest myths that we have regarding the childhood violence. We believe that young children are less prone to domestic violence as compared to the elder ones but this is not true. Clinical experiences have proven that young children do get affected deeply by witnessing violence at home, especially if the victim is one of their parents.

Myth 2 – Young Kids do not Remember Violence for long

Again a myth that need to be debunked as young children do not forget what they witness. As adults we have formed a perception that if one doesn’t talk about the violence, the memory of it will fade away from the child’s mind with time. However, children can remember traumatic experience they have witnessed during their childhood.

Myth 3 – Only urban children face problem of domestic violence

We generally carry a very different understanding about the childhood violence and we usually carry away with that believing it to be completely true. But domestic violence is not a thing gifted by the urbanization of the society. It has its existence for years not known. Domestic violence can take place in any family living in any part of the world. The chances of domestic and community violence are high in families and areas where there is an inadequate supply of basic commodities and income with more mouths to feed. These are the families whose members easily become the prey of drug addiction.

Myth 4 – Childhood Violence primarily affects Black kids

Yes, you read it right! Many of us carry a notion that violence in childhood if generally a racial problem and is faced by black kids or children with dark skin tone. But this is 100 per cent a myth. Across all races and communities, the rate of the occurrence of domestic violence is almost equal. Violence is not at all biased! Though it would be appropriate to call poverty the main reason behind the violence in childhood, it has nothing to do with the race, color or sex of the child witnessing domestic or community violence.