Consequences of dating violence
According to a 2005 study by Davidson College, when children are in fear of violent attacks, they do not pay as much attention to teachers or lessons.
Violently abused children may try to stay away from school as much as possible, according to the University of Turku study, which lowers the students’ grades and performance.
Instead of growing up in an emotionally and physically safe, secure, nurturing and predictable environment, these children are forced to worry about the future; they try to predict when it might happen next and try to protect themselves and their siblings.
Children may avoid communicating with other students to avoid violent confrontations, which can be detrimental to social skills and human interaction.
Violence in schools also has an impact on the school itself.
The presence of a high amount of violence is bad for the school’s reputation, which means that parents will try to remove their children from the school.
Often the behavioural and emotional impacts of domestic and family violence will improve when children and their mothers are safe, the violence is no longer occurring and they receive support and specialist counselling.
Apart from the emotional, physical, social and behavioural damage abuse creates for children, statistics show that domestic violence can also become a learned behaviour.
The abuse of women who are mothers usually predates the infliction of child abuse ().