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The Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children’s Development and Mental Health
Practice Development Seminar
Thursday 16 May 2013, 10am - 1pm
King’s College London SE1
The Effects of Domestic Abuse
on Children’s Development
and Mental Health
Prof Samuel Stein
Prof Uttom Chowdhury
Samuel Stein and Uttom Chowdhury are
Visiting Professors at the University of
Bedfordshire, and Consultants in Child,
Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, Bedfordshire
and Luton Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Service.
In relationships where there is domestic violence,
children witness about three-quarters of the
abusive incidents and about half the children
in such families have themselves been badly hit or
beaten.
It is very upsetting for children to see one of their parents abusing or attacking the other, and they often show signs of great distress. This may present as
anxiety or temper tantrums in younger children, or as aggression, depression and
self-harm in older children. There is some evidence that children who have witnessed
violence are also more likely to be either abusers or victims themselves in later life.
It is therefore essential to recognise how harmful domestic violence is to children.
The aim is this presentation is to explore the effect of domestic violence on children’s
mental health from developmental, behavioural, cognitive, systemic and psychoanalytic
perspectives.
Places are limited, so you will need to book by 2nd May 2013.
Local authority bookings must be made via your Learning and Development Department. For
all other bookings, please contact the MRC Administrator at University of Bedfordshire, Cara
Senouni, Institute of Applied Social Research, Park Square, Luton LU1 3JU, [email protected], (01582) 743085.
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