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(p. 195) Students Exposed to Domestic Violence 

(p. 195) Students Exposed to Domestic Violence
(p. 195) Students Exposed to Domestic Violence

Lisa Weed Phifer

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date: 08 April 2020

An increasing number of children are exposed to domestic violence each year. Children in homes with violence may form unstable or unhealthy relationships with caregivers, resulting in lack of trust in others and difficulty regulating emotions. In the midst or aftermath of violence, children can have considerable struggle with forming and maintaining relationships with others, experience shame or grief, and may have lower self-esteem and difficulties with educational achievement. While symptoms of exposure to domestic violence are not always obvious or reported, educators with knowledge of trauma like exposure to violence can intervene and support students’ coping abilities and help foster positive relationships with others. In a nurturing classroom environment, educators can help build trust and positive problem-solving skills and provide a predictability that is often lacking in these students’ lives. Specific recommendations for educators and additional resources are included in this chapter to support students exposed to domestic violence.

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