The most common question that is agitating the minds of people nowadays is the kind of childhood violence prevention efforts we should undertake that will create a healthy environment for our future. Unfortunately, childhood violence cannot be slotted into a single incident or action that can be easily dealt with. It includes a whole range of issues, including mental as well as physical torture. Even those children who witness violence in their home and in the society for a prolonged duration get traumatized over time further leading to complexities like lack of interest, broodiness and tendencies towards violence to prove a point.
We as a society should first understand the complexity of this problem and only then we can generate plans and strategies for childhood violence prevention efforts. The difficult aspect of this humungous problem is that, it can occur anywhere, including a playground, inside our own home, in school, transport. Unfortunately, several times violence against children are perpetrated by those people who are the care takers of the child like teachers, domestic helps or even a family friend.
How violence affects the emotional quotient of a child
In the last decade, a growing body of research papers has proved that any threatening environment in which a child is staying or if he/she is subjected to prolonged mental or physical abuse, then it can have serious effect on the growth of his/her mental faculties like inability to cope with stress, impulse control, reduced ability to remember things, inability to plan, lack of attention, and not able to cope in a new environment and make friends with a new person easily.