What is the impact of family violence?

Topics: National, Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention
January 22, 2014

What is the impact of family violence?

In 2012, the Canadian Red Cross' violence and abuse prevention education program helped more than 450,000 people in Canada and across the globe learn vital techniques for reducing the occurrence of hostile or aggressive episodes and preventing the outbreak of violence in domestic settings.

On August 19, 2013, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, revealed at the Canadian Medical Association's 146th General Council Meeting that family violence is a public health issue and should be treated as a major priority for organizations to address.

Tips for reducing family violence
When violence happens, it can leave all members of the family - but especially children - feeling vulnerable, confused and scared about the future. Those who are concerned about the potential for violence, or who are living with a person who has been violent in the past, should consider the following tips:

  • Recognize the signs of violence
  • Understand body ownership and embrace personal safety rules, like "No," "Go away," and "Stop"
  • Reach out to a person you trust - a counselor, friend, co-worker, parent or teacher - if you feel physically threatened at home
  • Contact organizations like the Canadian Red Cross to learn more about prevention education programs

Make a difference
When violence and abuse occur, it can have a devastating influence on the lives of those who are impacted and have an effect that spans generations.

The poor interpersonal skills that individuals may develop, as well as unhealthy coping habits that an environment rife with violence can breed, may mean that future members of the family are affected by the legacy of violence for years to come.

While child abuse and neglect, as well as other forms of family violence, can be difficult to overcome, preventing these harmful occurrences from transpiring at all may be possible with the help of the Canadian Red Cross.

Through violence and abuse prevention education, individuals can gain vital skills and knowledge that may reduce the outbreak of aggression or other harmful behaviors. 

To show your support for the work of the Canadian Red Cross and do your part to put an end to violence and abuse in your community, please donate online or at your local Red Cross office today.