Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1

The impact of domestic violence on children can last a lifetime. Children exposed to violence in the home often experience psychosomatic illnesses, depression, and suicidal tendencies. Later in life, these children are at greater risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and criminal behavior than those raised in homes without violence.

Albuquerque is a leader in providing innovative solutions and resources for victims with resources like the Family Advocacy center. Yet, the statistics are disturbing as the number of domestic violence cases remains high.

This month’s Public Square focuses on what is being done to reduce domestic violence and provide support for victims.

In this program, victims of domestic violence share the impact on their families and how they have overcome the violence in their lives. We also are joined by diverse community groups working to provide support and resources. Community leaders include Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Shultz, District Attorney Kari Brandenburg , and Rosemary Cosgrove -Aguliar Special Commissioner for Domestic Violence Second Judicial District Court.

Join New Mexico PBS for a PUBLIC SQUARE, where civic dialogue takes center stage. Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. PUBLIC SQUARE is hosted & produced by Megan Kamerick.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

“It’s hard to worry about what the capital of North Dakota is if you’re not sure your mom’s safe at home.”
~Rosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar, domestic violence hearing officer

“As a kid growing up in this environment I lied to the cops when they came to my house. I made them coffee, I never wanted them to leave, but I lied through my teeth.”
~Joanne Fine, survivor of childhood domestic violence

“As a mother and as an immigrant I was afraid thinking I’m never going to see my children again.”
~Flor Maria Caro, domestic violence survivor

“That part of our brain of flight or fight is so much stronger for survival, it’s shutting down other parts of the brain that would produce algebra, poetry, music.”
~Patricia McKeen, treatment provider for batterers

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

3 thoughts on “Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

  1. I feel that I must comment after watching the last episode of Public Square about the impact of abuse on children. One of the panelists, Patricia McKeen, a provider of services to abused children, asserted that with abused children, their fight or flight mechanism is activated so much that they can’t produce algebra, poetry, music.
    I strongly beg to differ with this opinion, and I will hold myself up as an example. I was severely abused growing up, so severely that I developed and had to recover from a couple of major mental illnesses, including DID. I was also playing in youth orchestras for highly talented musicians, and in high school and college, was playing in three symphonies at once! In my youth, I won music prize after music prize, by private audition, and kept up good enough grades to go to graduate school later on in life. You see, it’s this way: school was a safe place for me, and I was naturally musically talented, and so it was through music that I could process some of the feelings that go along with being abused. So I think that you need to seriously re-assess how you think about us. I graduated Phi Kappa Phi from graduate school, and got straight A’s throughout the course curriculum. I am now a Clinician, in the field of Social Work. I get sick of it any time I hear an expert describing an abused child as unable to achieve, because they can’t possibly produce such and so. It just makes me feel like I, and the populace that I have belonged to, are being put down and de-valued yet again. We have had enough abuse. We don’t need to receive it again in the form of disparaging comments from those who are supposed to be helping us.

  2. I honor you and your resilience. For whatever reasons, (usually at least one great adult advocate/mentor) a great many children ARE able to channel their abuse angst into positive production.
    They, unfortunately, are not the rule. Damage perpetrated upon children, especially when it’s by people who love them, is the unrecognized precursor to too many maladies in our society. Being an educator and school counselor since 1975 has exposed me to both sides of that coin.
    The best all of us can do? Support, support support ALL children in your realm, even if it’s just in passing. I make it a point to call attention to SOMETHING good about a child/juvenile I encounter in a store, etc. especially if the child looks somewhat in need and a parental figure disapproving. We can make a difference even if just for a few moments.

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