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experiences to be a strong advocate for survivors of abuse. Let ?s t alk abou t an in dir ect f or m of abu se f ir st : Ch ildr en belon gin g t o h om es of dom est ic violen ce? Wh at is t h e im pact an d r eper cu ssion s? Domestic violence in my opinion is a breeding ground for teaching children violence, teaching them to be fearful and to either be compliant or angry and aggressive. I grew up in two domestic violence households. I was constantly scared of what was going to happen next. I was always on edge, I thought if I was a good well behaved quiet child, that the arguing and hitting wouldn't happen. This made me very afraid of people. At nursery I remember hiding under the slide and wouldn't speak to anyone. They labelled me as shy. I wasn?t shy I was hiding, making myself small and as unnoticeable as possible to protect myself. As I grew from a child to a teenager, I remained quiet in the main not trusting

anyone until they proved themselves to me but underneath there was a seething rage going on at the injustice of what was happening to my mum, my siblings and me. That anger exploded within me on two occasions which I was not proud of, but I was extremely provoked and fighting for my survival. When you are so tightly wound up, stressed and living in fear it has a huge effect on your mental, emotional and physical health. Chronic stress on the body and living in fight flight freeze mode 24/7 causes the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin to be turned on all the time. All of which affects your mental focus, your ability to learn, your posture, your mobility, your aches and pains in your body. Emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse can be experienced in domestic violence relationships and has a massive impact on the victims living in the household. It effects self-esteem, self-worth, education, employment and relationships.

Domestic violence in my opinion is a breeding ground for teaching children violence, teaching them to be fearful and to either be compliant or angry and aggressive.

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Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

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