Current research suggests that up to 10 million children witness domestic violence in the United States each year. Additionally, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach the age of 18. These are frightening, but true statistics!
Children exposed to intimate partner violence are often referred to as the “unseen victims.” Even though violence may be occurring only between the adults in the home, the children witnessing such situations are negatively affected as well. These children may try to protect the victim and consequently be physically harmed. Also, children tend to think they are the cause of the violence in the home.
The effects of intimate partner violence and abuse on children can produce significant deterioration in a child’s behavioral, emotional, physical, social and cognitive functioning. Some of the negative effects include:
- Low self-esteem
- Suicidal thoughts
- Poor academic performance
- Withdrawal from relationships with family and friends
The Children’s Program goal is to provide comprehensive treatment and services to children who have experienced or witnessed abuse. Tahoe SAFE Alliance supports children who are at affected by abuse by providing advocacy, accompaniment, and support groups as well as individual and group therapy. Our program is designed to help children understand that THEY ARE NOT responsible for their parent’s actions. The program also helps them heal from the trauma of violence and abuse, and how to be safe at home and in the community. Read about the successful outcome of one of our child clients!
Violence is a learned behavior and Tahoe SAFE Alliance strives to stop the cycle of violence within families by providing a broad range of services to youth and families in our community. These include:
- Pattern Changing Group
- Kid’s Time
- Pet Therapy
- Safe House Children’s Group
- Children’s Yoga Group
- Gardening Group
For more information about the Children’s program or any of the groups it offers, please contact the Children’s Program Manager at 530-546-7804 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.