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Bill of Rights for Women who have Experienced Violence
I have the right not to be abused.
I have the right to be angry about abuse I have experienced.
I have the right to change the situation.
I have the right to freedom from fear of abuse.
I have the right to want a better role model for my children.
I have the right to be treated like an adult.
I have the right to leave an abusive environment.
I have the right to privacy.
I have the right to express my own thoughts and feelings.
I have the right to develop my talents and abilities.
I have the right to legally prosecute my abusive partner.
I have the right not to be perfect.
Effects of Witnessing Domestic Violence on Children
Children who witness domestic violence learn:
- How to keep a family secret
- How to get what they want through aggression and manipulation
- People who love them hurt them
- Violence, although painful, is an acceptable part of life
Characteristics of children who witness violence at home:
- Have a strong sense of isolation and helplessness
- Solve their problems through force
- Have high levels of anxiety
- Have declining sympathy for their mother as they age, and often overt hostility replaces any sympathy they once had
- Often develop PTSD and re-experience trauma through nightmares, flashbacks, etc.
- Decreased self-esteem and few personal expectations for success
- Blame themselves for family disruptions