A new domestic violence study conducted at the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice and Colorado State University has found that intimate partner abuse trickles down through the generations. The study has shown that 80 percent of adults who grew up with domestic abuse reported being involved in a domestic violence incident, while 75 percent of adults who grew up with domestic abuse reported being the victim of domestic violence.

How can we possibly begin to break this cycle of violence?

Here are three ways that can help:

  • Communication – In many cases, children who have witnessed domestic violence simply need to hear that it is wrong, that it is not acceptable, and that it is not their fault. While you can’t erase domestic violence from your child’s past, you can make sure that they understand what happened and why.
  • Counseling – Many children benefit from talking to a professional counselor or psychologist about what they have witnessed and how they feel. Processing their feelings and moving on in a healthy manner could be key to breaking the cycle of violence.
  • Reporting crimes – If domestic violence crimes are not reported, children often continue to live in the same environment with abuse. They do not see the serious consequences of domestic abuse and may not understand that it is wrong or unlawful.

One of the best ways to stop the cycle of violence is to escape your domestic abuse situation immediately—and to make sure that your abuser is treated fairly under the law. To learn more about your potential domestic abuse case, contact the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today. Our Seattle family law attorneys can evaluate your case and explain your options for legal action. Call to schedule your appointment today at 425-460-0550.

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