When we talk about our childhood days we nostalgically remember the carefree days where everything was bright and happy. Unfortunately, this is not true for a sizable chunk of children in our country. Many of them are raised in poverty and lack the basic necessity to improve themselves and come out of this morass. In addition, many of them fall prey to violence on the street and even in school. Looking at all these, the only safe place for a child left seems to be in the confines of his home with his family. However, studies have shown that even this supposedly safe haven for a child is not safe for him and it is likely that he may fall prey to the same violence in the four walls of his home that he is trying to avoid in the outside world.

Experts working on children’s issues say that the effects of domestic violence on children are not given the same importance in our society that we give to for violence against any adult like a woman or a member of the weaker section of the society. This problem hidden from the outside world is widespread and is not confined to any particular class. To eradicate this despicable situation what we need is a complete change in our mindset about child rights and our duty in protecting them.

There are several case studies that deal with the effects of domestic violence on children and how they affect our future in the long run. It is to be understood that domestic violence need not be physical always and also may not be directed towards the child. But in any situation in which a child feels threatened for himself or for his mother can be deemed to be a case of childhood violence. It is known that the development of the brain takes place the most in the first five years of a child’s life and any adverse climate he encounters during this period will seriously affect this development process.

Among the serious effects of domestic violence on children, the most alarming is that he may grow up into an individual where he thinks that violence is a legitimate way of solving a problem. Even his attitude towards women will be predatory and not friendly. A child who is brought up on daily doses of domestic violence is most likely to show anti-social tendencies and become a menace to the society as he grows older. Therefore, it is incumbent on the parents to keep the environment of their home healthy so that they could inculcate good values in their children to make them upstanding citizens of the future.