Laurel Shelter, Inc. offers support groups for school-aged children and teens that have experienced or witnessed domestic and/or sexual violence. These groups are provided weekly for residential clients. Youth support groups provide:
Children that witness and/or experience domestic violence may experience many harmful effects including aggression, anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, poor school performance and delayed or impaired social skills. Some children may grow up to repeat the pattern as the abuser or the victim. Child clients are encouraged to develop healthy coping skills and positive behaviors to break the cycle of violence and become healthy, productive adults.
Ways for a Child in the Home to Encounter Family Violence
>Seeing the actual incidence of violence
>Hearing threats or fighting noises
>”Feeling” the violence through vibrations in walls or floors
>Being aware of tension in the home or of the victim’s fears
>Being a part of the violence: participating by coercion or force, intervening, being assaulted
>Observing the aftermath: Blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing, broken items
Our children services include:
For more information, please contact the Children’s Services Program Coordinator at (804)694-5552.
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