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Children Who Witness Abuse or are Abused Need Help in Indiana: Will Anybody Listen?

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This article is from The Guardian in the United Kingdom.  However, with the lack of concern about domestic violence in Indiana and it’s affects on children, a program definitely needs to started here like this.  And while having school children learn about what is right and wrong, make the state legislators, all family court judges, and CPS/DSC personnel, who continue to turn their back on abuse if custody is involved, get some training on this also.  They all seem blind to the fact children are horribly affected by this….they don’t seem to care.  Family court judges willingly hand full custody to abusers here in Indiana, and refuse to consider bona fide abuse and expert testimony in their decisions.  Someone in this state has got to step up and do what is right for the children here.

What role should teachers have in preventing domestic violence?

Classes about abusive relationships are to become compulsory for children as young as five. Chris Keates says they could break the cycle of misery in homes

    Domestic violence. Photograph: Christopher ThomondDomestic violence and bullying are about the exploitation of power differentials.


    Evidence demonstrates that one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence during their lifetime. What is often overlooked is the impact of this abuse on the thousands of children and young people who witness, experience and in some cases perpetuate this violence.

    We know that the experience of domestic violence manifests itself in the behaviour of school pupils in a variety of ways. Children and young people who live in domestic abuse situations may have an increased risk of being bullied or be unable to fully participate in school life. Their anger and distress may also lead them to bully other pupils, and educational attainment often suffers.

    To argue, as some have done, that tackling domestic violence should not fall within schools‘ remit is to miss the point. The teaching union Nasuwt believes that educating young people about healthy relationships and tackling bullying, violence and other inappropriate behaviour towards women and young girls is central to schools’ purpose.

    The Nasuwt was the first union to launch a programme of work on prejudice-related bullying, and has worked closely with the TUC on tackling violence against women in the workplace. We have been at the forefront of raising this problem and have ensured it is included in government anti-bullying guidance.

    Both domestic violence and bullying are about the exploitation of power differentials: government figures show that in the 2006/07 academic year there were 3,500 temporary exclusions and 140 permanent exclusions from schools in England for sexual misconduct, including incidents such as groping, using sexually insulting nicknames, daubing obscene graffiti and serious sexual attacks.

    In total, 280 of the fixed-term expulsions were from primary schools, and in 20 cases the child responsible was just five years old.

    Using personal, social and health education to develop discussion and learning on domestic violence is an important starting point, and enables all of these issues to be considered coherently. However, this will be futile if the issue is not seen as the responsibility of the whole school. If behaviour in the playground and whole school environment is inconsistent with messages in the classroom, school pupils may not take the issue seriously. Staff, parents, governors and students all need to adopt a zero-tolerance attitude to all forms of violence and discrimination.

    Domestic violence is an emotive and complex issue and it will be critical that schools are able to draw upon the expertise of qualified staff (other than teachers) who are best able to deliver specific advice and knowledge. An increase in education on domestic violence and abuse may also lead to an increase in students disclosing violence in their homes. It will be important that appropriate training and support is provided for school staff to be able to deal with this.

    Domestic violence tends to repeat itself down the generations. Today’s announcement from the government is a welcome and important opportunity to break this cycle of abuse and ensure future generations are better equipped to resist the misery that domestic violence inflicts on all those caught up in it.

    • Chris Keates is general secretary of the Nasuwt teaching union


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    1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Emily, Gerardo Medina. Gerardo Medina said: Children Who Witness Abuse or are Abused Need Help in Indiana …: They all seem blind to the fact children are.. […]

    2. CPS continues after 15 months of CPS holding custody and my grandchildren witnessed domestic abuse and their mom going to hospital and boyfriend in jail but mom runs back to him and bails him out of jail and CPS is ok with this instead they cut their family out of their life that cares for them grandchildren already showing signs of aggressiveness and Hendricks CPS won’t do anything hopefully they don’t end up dead

      Jeanne hancock

      May 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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