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ERIC Number: EJ875163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Hope and Healing for Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Polites, Andrea; Kuchar, Karen; Bigelow, Shauna
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n191 p76-79 Jan-Feb 2010
Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that leaves an enduring, negative impact on all family members, especially the victims and their children. The costs to children and to society as a whole are enormous. Children who have witnessed domestic violence or have been threatened or abused by a parent are at great risk for emotional and behavioral problems. Domestic violence is affecting children in schools and early childhood programs throughout the nation, whether or not the adults in these programs are aware. Even though they may spend significant periods of time with children, early childhood teachers and administrators are often unsure how to interpret problematic symptoms children display. It is important for early childhood professionals to give children an environment that promotes the safe expression and release of feelings. At Family Shelter Service of Downers Grove, Illinois, children are provided with a safe place to talk about their experiences and process the abuse, violence, and its effect on their family. They are offered support and reassurance that it was not their fault that these things happened. Interventions are designed to encourage children to develop a sense of mastery and feel good about themselves, enhance problem-solving skills, learn to keep safe, and increase self-efficacy. As children recover from trauma, they can begin to experience a renewed sense of trust in their world and restoration of hope regarding their future. Mothers and children living at Family Shelter Service learn to provide support to one another. They arrive at the Shelter fearful and unsure of the future and leave believing in a brighter tomorrow. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois