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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow

General Material

"This resource draws together, in one place, information from the best and latest research for professionals and volunteers who help women and children. Topics addressed include what children might feel, think and do during violent incidents against their mothers, roles they might adopt before, during or after incidents, strategies of coping and survival, and how violence may be experienced by children of different ages, from infancy to adolescence. The purpose is to examine how violence against a mother can shape a child. By learning how each child as an individual was shaped by experiences in his or her home - and considering important contextual features of family life - we can devise ways to help."

Contents Include:

  • Seeking to understand
  • Glossary of terms
  • Types of abuse against women and children
  • Facts & figures
  • Woman abuse and children
  • Little eyes, little ears
  • Ten ways a child can be changed by violence at home
  • Effects of coercive control tactics on a mother
  • Myths about woman abuse and children
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Pre-schoolers
  • School-aged children
  • Teenagers
  • Coping and survival strategies of young people
  • Roles children may assume
  • Services
  • Supporting women as parents
  • How to help
  • The need for differential response
  • Responding to child disclosures
  • Barriers to child disclosure
  • Reporting child maltreatment
  • Taking care of yourself
  • How can I make a difference?
  • Where to get more information