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Policy Issues
Shuleo Daniels
CJA/314
November 5, 2012
Instructor: Shawna Olachea

Child Exposure to Domestic Violence

Child exposure to domestic violence is something that is happening way too often in the United States today. This is a personal crime that affects not only the adults involved but the children who are witnesses to it as well. The content of the video is basically showing how children are very much aware of what is happening around them and how the actions and feelings of their loved ones can and will effect a child’s life. There are too many instances where an adult will toss aside what a child may be feeling in order to satisfy his or her own feelings.

A casual factor that was addressed in the video is: when there is an order in place, parties need to abide by the rules and regulations of the order or there will be an arrest. For example, the police had been called to a domestic dispute (in the video) in which the male involved had come over to his ex – girlfriend’s house, whom he had a child with, and tried to climb through the window. The dispatch also informed the officer’s that the man had a restraining order against him so; when they arrived he was arrested and taken to jail. The officers told the woman involved to think about her child and leave the man alone. They also asked her what she thinks it is doing to her child and the only response that she could give was, “I love him.” Sadly, in most cases like this, the child or children are often caught in the middle.

The basic element of the crime which served for the basis of the video selected is the silent cries of children who witness assault, battery, and mayhem between their loved ones. There was a news reporter in the video who interviewed children who were witnesses of their mothers being battered by a boyfriend, husband, or ex – lover. It was very disturbing to hear the things they have heard and saw. There was one young girl who heard her mother’s boyfriend...
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