Often a symptom of poverty, another barrier to an individual’s personal wellbeing can originate from within the household. When one person in a relationship overtakes control and begins a pattern of domestic abuse, it can mean the complete breakdown of the family dynamic and puts partners and their children at immense risk. This became even more prevalent with the COVID-19 pandemic, as we were staying home for our collective safety, many victims of family violence were put at a greater risk.
The repercussions of domestic abuse can create long-term issues not just for the survivors but also for any family members who live adjacent to the situation. When children are exposed at a young age to the trauma of family violence, it can have detrimental affects on their ability to succeed in school and in their community.
Even more dire, evidence suggests that children who regularly witness abuse begin to believe that violence is a normal part of the family relationship. Thus, creating a cycle of violence and poverty that is extremely hard to break free from. Domestic violence creeps into every aspect of the affected person’s life. Employment, social connectedness and mental health all begin to suffer. United Way helps support families to break away from these vicious cycles and allow them to feel healthy, safe and strong.