Domestic Violence

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Witnessing domestic violence can have long-lasting negative effects on children. When domestic violence is in the home, many children directly witness the abuse occurring. Even if children do not see incidents of physical abuse in the home, they are often more aware of abuse than the abused parent realizes. Children can hear yelling and fighting noises from other rooms and witness the aftermath of physical abuse.

Children may respond to witnessing domestic violence in a variety of ways.

They may –

  • Become fearful or anxious over what will happen in the home
  • Always feel on guard – “walking on eggshells” to avoid the abusers outbursts
  • Blame themselves for the violence in the home
  • Have trouble concentrating in school
  • Try to protect the abused parent
  • Attempt to run away because they feel home is a dangerous place
  • Experiment with alcohol, drugs, or other high risk behaviors to cope with their feelings

Children who have witnessed domestic violence need support. As parents who have experienced abuse seek support for themselves, there are also ways to help the children.

Here are some ways to support children who have experienced domestic violence:

  • Let them know that the abuse is not their fault.
  • Come up with a family safety plan for staying safe before, during and after leaving abuse. Our Family Safety Plan can help with this.
  • After leaving the abuse, help the child connect with a counselor. Peace at Home offers counseling for families and many schools have options as well.
  • Teach alternatives to violence.
  • Give them daily reminders that they are loved, valued, and supported.
  • Let them know you are here to listen if they want to talk about how the violence made them feel.
  • Be a role model for treating others with respect and kindness.

 

 

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic violence doesn’t stay home when its victims go to work. It can follow them, resulting in violence in the workplace. Or it can spill over into the workplace when a woman is harassed by threatening phone calls, absent because of injuries or less productive from extreme stress. With nearly one-third of American women reporting being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, it is a certainty that in any mid-to-large sized company, domestic violence is affecting employees. It is crucial that domestic abuse be seen as a serious, recognizable, and preventable problem by the community at large and by business leaders.

Domestic violence affects the workplace and economy in many ways:

  • Each year, domestic violence costs the US approximately $1.8 billion in lost productivity.
  • 74% of employed domestic violence victims were harassed by their abusive partner while at work.
  • 71% of Employee Assistance Program providers surveyed have dealt with an employee being stalked at workby a current of former partner.

Domestic violence often becomes workplace violence. The lethality of domestic violence often increases at times when the batterer believes that the victim has left the relationship. Once a woman attempts to leave an abusive partner, the workplace can become the only place the assailant can locate and harm her.

Businesses, churches, and community organizations can take a proactive approach to supporting survivors of domestic violence by:

  • Educating employees about domestic violence and how to access help
  • Offering resources through a confidential employee assistance program
  • Developing an organizational domestic violence policy, including leave policies and security measures
  • Collaborating with local domestic violence organizations and law enforcement agencies for education and service referrals.

It is important for our entire community to work together to help victims of domestic violence and promote safe workplaces and safe neighborhoods, because domestic violence impacts all of us.

Peace at Home’s Shelter Expansion Complete!

When Peace at Home Family Shelter moved into our Donald W Reynolds shelter facility in 2008, we were immediately able to serve more victims of domestic violence than ever before. The new building made it possible for up to 30 women and children to find safety and shelter away from abuse.

A lot has changed in Northwest Arkansas since then. Now, over half a million people call our community home, with more people arriving every day. While our population has increased dramatically, so too has the need for safe, emergency shelter for families fleeing violence. In the past few years, Peace at Home had to turn away 40% of requests for safe shelter simply because the shelter was full.

Two years ago, the board and staff of Peace at Home started on a plan to raise the money needed to expand our emergency shelter from a 30 bed facility to a 50 bed facility. This Growing for a Safer Tomorrow campaign allowed us to renovate an unfinished second floor of our shelter and better serve our growing community.

We broke ground on the expansion construction last year and were able to open the expansion to families in need earlier this summer.

Within 24 hours of opening the new rooms, all were full.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Growing for a Safer Tomorrow campaign and made this expansion possible. Because of you, more families are safe today.

There is still great need in our community, and next week we will share more information on a new program to help survivors, but today we are grateful for what you have made possible –

More beds, more safe nights, more families free from danger.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We will be celebrating the opening of our expansion with a Grand Opening event and we hope you will join us!

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, September 6th, 2-3pm
Peace at Home Family Shelter

The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Fayetteville and Springdale Chambers of Commerce, light refreshments, and tours of the expansion space and shelter.

Come celebrate safe shelter with us on Wednesday, September 6th!

For more information about the Grand Opening, please contact Eva Terry at eterry@peaceathomeshelter.com or 479.444.8310