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Signs parent need to be aware of:
Signs of emotional abuse;
They are very eager to please others;
Changes in behaviour;
May see abuse as warranted and as their fault;
Can be closed off and unwilling to discuss difficulties;
Aggressive, depressed, apathetic and passive behaviour;
Runs away from home; attempts and thinks of suicide;
Chronically low self-esteem;
Difficulty sustaining relationships;
Has difficulty expressing or communicating needs;
Disturbed sleep, nightmares; and
Can be hyperactive and live in a dream world
Children need to know there are adults who will listen to them, believe them and shelter them.
Children need a sense of routine and normalcy. Violence in the home can turn a child's world upside down. Routines such as going to school and participating in recreational activities are vital for children's development and well-being and should be maintained.