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Exposed to Violence

How To Help Children And Youth Exposed To Violence

Emotional Abuse; Physical Abuse; Sexual Abuse; Family Violence;
Seeing Or Hearing Family Members Beaten

Being around violence of any kind is extremely hard on children & youth–even if they are only witnesses. Without help, most children & youth exposed to violence and abuse can react as if they were abused directly themselves. Or, they can become abusers themselves as children or youth or in later life. Exposure to violence generates feelings of helplessness, diminishes trust and faith, creates low self-esteem and low achievement in later life. Children & youth can develop behavior patterns based upon fear and anger. This exposure can be due to and complicated by: family patterns; adult depression or other mental illnesses; adult mental illness; addictions; adults exposed to violence as children; abuses of all kinds; media messages condoning violence; addiction; substance abuse; nutritional imbalances; family exposure to environmental pollutants.

Seeing or hearing family members beaten: Without support, this can create lifelong patterns that make living very difficult. The immediate effect of this stress can deteriorate self-esteem and create ongoing patterns of anxiety and depression, along with increasing the likelihood of becoming a bully or a victim of violence. In addition, family violence can create intellectual or social perceptual challenges.

First, We Would Investigate

Second, We Would Investigate

For Long Term Support
We Would Investigate

  • Nonviolent Communication
  • EMDR
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Attitudinal Healing
  • Expressive Arts
  • Drumming
  • Aikido
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Craniosacral
  • Light Therapy
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Flower Essences
  • Aromatherapy
  • Herbology
  • Homeopathy
  • Support For Parents
  • Music Lessons
  • Massage
  • Precision Teaching
  • Meditation Yoga
  • Nutrition Education
  • Aikido
  • Aromatherapy
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Ayurveda
  • Flower Essences
  • EMDR
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Precision Teaching
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

On Our Own We Would Try: • Bedtime Stories and Chats • Wholesome Pleasures • Back Rubs and Foot Massages • Replace sodas, juices, sugars, fats, fast foods with water, veggies, whole grains, nuts, protein, fruit, slow food • Long Walks/Hikes • Nature • Pets • Less or No TV, Movies, Video/Computer Games

For Parents: • Get the child or youth away from the violence and abuse as quickly as possible. • Make life as predictable and as pleasant as possible.

•Explain that they are not to blame. To validate the child or youth’s own sanity, explain that the behavior witnessed is crazy. Tell the child or youth that what happened is not his/her fault and he/she could do nothing to stop these things from happening.

Check out: www.traumasoma.com/index.shtml (very technical); www.acestudy.org.

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