There would be several possible benefits for implementing this policy. With a household that has domestic violence or child abuse in their history, the child would have a much greater chance of becoming violent in the future. Studies show that children of batterers are much more likely to become batterers themselves. The child would be more likely to develop some psychological problems as a result of the abuse. Also, if the abuse is towards the child, the child could suffer from severe physical problems depending on the severity of the abuse. A partial list of the effects of child abuse are academic difficulties; aggressive behavior; alcohol and/or other drug abuse; anxiety; attention problems; bad dreams; bed wetting; behavioral problems; chronic pain; compulsive sexual behaviors; concentration problems; dangerous behavior such as speeding; dehydration; dissociative states; eating disorders; failure to thrive; fear or shyness; fear of certain adults or places; frequent injuries; insomnia; learning problems; 2
lying; malnutrition; oppositionality; panic attacks; physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach aches; repeated self-injury; risky sexual behaviors; running away; self neglect; separation anxiety; sexual dysfunction; sleep disorders; social withdrawal; stealing; stuttering; substance abuse; suicide attempts; thumb sucking or any age inappropriate behavior; truancy. By taking the child or children out of the home, there is a possibility that the child will be less likely to develop these problems or reverse any negative behavior that the child has as a result of the abuse. When dealing with substance abuse, children are at risk for a number of problems related to the parents/guardians substance abuse. In families where alcohol or other drugs are being abused, behavior is frequently unpredictable and communication is unclear. Family life is characterized by chaos and unpredictability. Behavior can range from loving to withdrawn to crazy....
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