October is national Domestic Violence Awareness month. Here at Bundoo, we know that the health of children is dependent on so much more than just what happens in the doctor’s office. Healthy children come from healthy families, and implicit in that is the physical, emotional, and sexual safety of all family members.
We would like to introduce you to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. NCADV is a source of education and support for families. NCADV works at the individual, local, state, and even national level to combat the epidemic that is domestic violence.
According to the NCADV Fact sheet, “Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.” Furthermore, “Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.” And sadly, “30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.”
For those families who may be experiencing violence in the home, we want you to know about THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE at 1-800-799-7233. The National Domestic Violence Hotline and NCADV.org are both wonderful resources for families struggling with domestic abuse. Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy, but it can be done.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, February 2019