n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Children who witness adult domestic violence : part 1 - the impact and effects

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article draws attention to the very real problem of children who are often the silent victims of domestic violence. The discussion is multi-focused, covering the social, psychological, and emotional ramifications, and the effects on children living in a home and witnessing domestic abuse. The article raises the controversial question of whether witnessing adult violence is a predisposing factor to becoming a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse oneself, and in this regard, the author draws from the research and writings of various scholars in the field. The article finally concludes with a definite appeal for greater awareness on the issues to be raised amongst South African professionals specifically, and communities generally.

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