I have always had a passion for the cause of violence against women. As an undergraduate, I organized and executed productions of The Vagina Monologues year after year, raising money for a local charity called Turning Point, that rescues coaches and provides help for women and children who are victims of domestic physical or emotional abuse. In my work, I also partnered with a professor and worked with the women in the organization coping in doing writing therapy groups to express themselves. With those writings, we published a book called Free to Be (Naomi Gal). In this work, I came to learn a lot about how the innocent children were affected by exposure to domestic violence and abuse.
It was clear through working with these women that the children felt confused, lost and worried. The loss of control and stability in their lives often sent them into a tailspin. Many became isolated, shy, quiet and scared no matter how exuberant their personalities were before. I observed children who coped differently by never being satiated, always needy and scared that if they weren’t needing something the attention would be placed elsewhere. Others behaved badly, coping with their fears and confusion physically.
Below is an infographic sharing more information about the issues children face with domestic violence and the following link provides information about Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.